A Fisheries Training and Research Centre of the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University constructed at a cost of Rs.22 lakh is awaiting formal inauguration for the past one year in Thanjavur.
The building along with a pond for rearing fish has come up on 2.3 acres of land at Soorakottai near Thanjavur. The idea is to provide field training to farmers in the pond adjacent to the centre. The building is on 600 sq ft. It has a lecture hall, toilet facilities for men and women, and an aquarium shed.
Land acquisition for the project was taken up in 2001 and was completed in 2004. Public Works Department had handed over the completed building to TANUVAS on October 2010. One year had gone by but the building had not been put to use.
At present the Fisheries Training and Research Centre is functioning from a building adjacent to the Thanjavur District Cooperative Milk Producers Union (Aavin) on Nanjikottai road. TANUVAS is paying a rent of Rs.1,000 per month to Aavin. The facility is not spacious and there are no toilet or drinking water facilities. Every month training programme is organised for fish farmers and women also take part in it. Nearly 50 persons take the training every month. Meanwhile, the new building is allegedly misused by anti-social elements during night according to farmers in that area.
It is better if the facility is moved to the new building as early as possible, farmers reckon.