Fish for All Centre conducts trainings for fisher communities
Training programme on Entrepreneurial Skill Development was held on February 2nd for dry fish producing fisher women of Mudasalodai with the financial support of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) under its Gramya Vikas Nidhi (My District my Product) project. Selvam K, District Executive Officer, Vazhndhu Kaattuvom Project, District Collectorate, Thiruvarur was the resource person for the event. 25 fisher women participated in the training programme and were taught different strategies to become successful entrepreneurs.
Later, in the day another training was organised for the group members of Integrated Mangrove Fishery Farming System (IMFFS) project. A total of 17 members participated. As rearing of Sea Bass is one of the major interventions of the project, Dr Suresh, Scientist (Aquaculture), Fish For All Centre, MSSRF, served as the resource person. Participants were shown how to improve the feeding efficiency for better growth of Sea Bass fish. The programme also dealt with feeding percentage, feed conversion ratio, and proper feed management to prevent disease manifestation.
On February 22nd, a training programme on credit facility management was held for fisher women who produce dry fish. The initiative organised under the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD GVN) project saw 30 fisher women from Mudasalodai participate. Lakshmikandan, Branch Manager, Tamil Nadu Grama Bank, addressed the women on various credit facilities, and they were also exposed to information on the significance of savings as well as the maintenance of a credit system to help them improve their dry fish businesses. He also answered questions relating to loan processing for business development in the case of Self Help Groups (SHGs) and individual lenders.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.