Staff Reporter

Tuticorin: A 15-day training programme in freshwater prawn farming commenced at Fisheries College and Research Institute here on Wednesday. It was sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, for farmers hailing from southern districts including Madurai, Dindigul, Theni, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari.

Inaugurating the programme, V.K.Venkataramani, the Dean, FCRI, encouraged farmers to use the expertise available at the institute.

The farmers would be trained on various aspects including design and construction of ponds, stocking density of prawns, feed and fertilizer applications, water quality assessment in ponds, disease monitoring, feeding strategies including artificially prepared feeds and live feeds.

The Director of Research and Extension (Fisheries), J. D. Jameson, listed the benefits which could be derived by the farmers through this training.

The cost of the training and travel expenses would be borne by the DST, New Delhi, through a training project called “economic empowerment of rural fish farmers through skill development in freshwater prawn farming.” The project is under operation with Department of Fisheries Resources and Economics (FCRI).