GUWAHATI, Aug 31 - Fisheries is a very unique enterprise, because unlike other agricultural crops, it can be practised throughout the year. However, beel fisheries have been facing serious problems of siltation, macrophyte infestation, unauthorised encroachment and paddy cultivation near beel margins.
This observation was made by NC Basumatary, Managing Director of the Assam Fisheries Development Corporation Ltd (AFDC) while speaking in the valedictory session a two-day skill development programme – ‘Beel fisheries management for livelihood improvement’ organised by the Guwahati regional centre of Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) here recently.
Basumatary further stated that the AFDC proposes to deal with these problems with immediate effect. He also urged the trainees of the programme to utilise the knowledge gained in improving production and productivity of the vast water resources of the State so that Assam need not depend on Andhra Pradesh or Uttar Pradesh for supply of fish.
The training programme was attended by 50 fishers, including ten women, nominated by the AFDC, Department of Fisheries, Assam and Department of Fisheries, Arunachal Pradesh. Important aspects of beel fisheries, viz, need for conservation and sustainable utilisation of beels, enclosure culture technologies for beel fisheries enhancement, fish feed and nutrition, fish health management, soil and water quality management, fisheries legislations, statistics and record keeping in beel fisheries, selective breeding of ornamental fishes, etc., were discussed during the programme, a statement said.
As part of the programme, a field visit to cage culture at Thekeraguri Beel and pen culture at 47-Morakolong Beel located in Morigaon district was also undertaken.