Distribution of fishing gear materials to tribal fishermen along Zuari estuary at this Institute


Distribution of fishing gear materials to tribal fishermen along Zuari estuary



ICAR – Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Old Goa, Goa is involved in Tribal Welfare projects funded by Govt. of India to make a change in the livelihood of coastal farmers and fishermen of the country. The Institute has kept aside a Tribal Sub Plan project for the welfare of coastal tribal fishermen of Goa settled along the Zuari estuary. As an outcome of the research conducted by the institute, it is found that a mesh size of 40 mm and above will be ecologically sustainable and economically feasible for the fishermen of Zuari estuary. A number of tribal artisanal fishermen reside along the Zuari estuary especially in Nauxim, Cacra and Odxal of Tiswadi Taluka. In this regard, a programme on “Distribution of fishing gear materials was organised by ICAR-CCARI on  2nd November, 2017. Fishing gear (gillnet) materials (100 kg) were distributed among the tribal fisher-folk of Nauxim, Cacra and Odxal and Caranzalem. Dr. E. B. Chakurkar, Director, ICAR-CCARI welcomed the gathering and briefed about the research and extension activities of the institute. He mentioned about the Tribal Sub Plan programme of Govt. of India and how the fishermen and farmers can be benefitted through the project. While inaugurating the distribution of materials, Hon. Minister for Fisheries and Water resources, Govt. of Goa, Shri. Vinoda Paliencar appreciated the efforts of ICAR-CCARI for improving the livelihood of fishermen and agricultural farmers through their research and extension services. Shri. Janu Rozario, Sarpanch, Taleigao, welcomed the great initiative from ICAR and ensured the complete co-operation from the fishermen and panchayath officials for these activities. Dr. Maruthdurai R., Scientist and TSP Co-ordinator, ICAR-CCARI proposed vote of thanks during the programme. Dr. Sreekanth G. B., Scientist (FRM) and Dr. Maruthadurai, R. co-ordinated the distribution programme. They have also assured that a feedback study will be followed to analyse the effectiveness of the TSP programme for the welfare of coastal tribal fisher-folk in Goa.