Workshop on ‘Technology Application in Animal and Fishery Sciences’ held on 16th and 17th March 2017 at ICAR- ATARI, Kolkata
A two days Sensitization Workshop on ‘Technology Application in Animal and Fishery Sciences’ was held at ICAR- ATARI, Kolkata, Salt Lake, Kolkata- 700097, West Bengal on 16th and 17th March 2017. A total of twenty (20) subject matter specialists (SMSs) from different districts of West Bengal actively participated in the workshop.
In the inaugural function, Dr. Avijit Haldar, Principal Scientist and Course Coordinator, ICAR- ATARI, Kolkata welcomed the experts, Prof. S. Pan, F/O- Veterinary Sciences and Prof. Shib Kinkar Das, F/O- Fishery Sciences of WBUAFS, Kolkata, W.B., the Scientists of ICAR- ATARI and the participants. Dr. P.P. Pal, Principal Scientist, ICAR- ATARI, Kolkata gave a brief overview of the programme. The objectives of such workshop were to sensitize the SMSs on transferable technologies in animal and fishery sciences and make a common platform for knowledge exchange among the SMSs through an interactive mode. An attempt was made to prepare an inventory of the available proven technologies in animal and fishery sciences for West Bengal.
Prof. S. Pan, F/O- Veterinary Sciences of WBUAFS, Kolkata delivered a brief talk emphasising on livestock farming business technology. He warned that the population of cattle, buffaloes, goats, sheep, pigs and backyard poultry birds is declining gradually in West Bengal. Prof. Pan stressed upon the socio-economic conditions and the capacity of the farmers in doing livestock farming business. He pointed out the challenges in specialized farming.
Prof. Shib Kinkar Das, F/O- Fishery Sciences of WBUAFS, Kolkata appreciated ATARI Kolkata for organizing such workshop in view of strengthening operational research and transfer of technology in the field of fishery science. He put a question why the farmers are not practising composite fish culture with six species. Prof. Das highlighted the importance of floating feed considering the variant mouth structures of different fish species and energy expenditure aspect of various fish species at different layers of a pond. He indicated the huge scope of culturing the stunted seeds. Prof. Das threw a concept of claiming organic fish culture.
The inaugural function ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. K.S. Das, Principal Scientist, ICAR- ATARI, Kolkata.
The parallel technical sessions on information about the technologies and their field application in animal and fishery sciences were conducted separately by the scientists of ICAR- ATARI, Kolkata in the presence of the expert in the respective fields. Every SMS presented on various technologies those have already been applied in the field in the form of OFT, FLD or Demonstration. A thorough discussion/ interaction was made among the SMSs, the experts and the scientists.
In the 2nd day of the workshop, Dr. Anindita Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata delivered a talk on ‘Stress and motivation at work place’. Thereafter, Dr. Debdulal Dutta Roy, Associate Professor, Psychology Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata discussed on ‘Self-efficacy in Technology Adoption’. The participants interacted very actively in such motivational technical session.
In the technical session on analytical review on implementation of technology in the field, Dr. S.K. Mondal Principal Scientist, ICAR- ATARI, Kolkata delivered a talk on Designing of OFT: Concepts, Methodologies and Concerns. Thereafter, Dr. P.P. Pal, Dr. Avijit Haldar and Dr. S.K. Mondal placed the analytical review on implementation of technology in animal and fishery sciences undertaken by different KVKs in West Bengal through summarizing the two day long deliberations and outlining the future plan of action for effective implementation of agricultural technologies.
In the valedictory function, Dr. S.K. Roy, Director of ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata addressed the gathering on various programmes and tasks of the SMSs. The participants expressed their views. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. F.H. Rahman, Principal Scientist, ICAR- ATARI, Kolkata.