Delhi: “Matsya Setu” an online app launched on Tuesday 6th July by the Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri Giriraj Singh. The app was developed by the ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIFA), Bhubaneswar, with the funding support of the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad. The online course app aims to spread the latest freshwater aquaculture technologies to aqua farmers across the country.
An online mobile app has species–wise/subject-wise self-learning online courses modules, where renowned aquaculture experts explain the basic concepts and practical demonstrations on breeding, seed production, and grow-out culture of commercially important fishes like crap, catfish scampi, murrel, ornamental fish, pearl farming, etc. Better Management Practices to be followed in maintaining the soil & water quality, feeding, and health management in aquaculture operations were also provided in the course platform. The modules are divided into small video chapters for the convenience of the learners, along with additional learning materials. In order to motivate the learners and provide a lively learning experience, Quiz/Test options were also provided for self-assessment. Upon successful completion of each course module, an e-Certificate can be auto-generated. Farmers can also ask their doubts through the app and get specific advisories from experts.
Speaking at the event, Shri Giriraj Singh stated that capacity building of fish farmers is a very important part of spearheading the Technology-led Aquaculture Development in the country. He emphasized that training should be provided on various activities including ornamental fisheries, seaweed culture, a module on feed preparation, post-harvest value addition. He emphasized including inputs of successful farmers while providing training.
To learn the advancements in technologies and better management practices the app will be surely helpful for the farmers. Advanced technologies will certainly influence the adoption of scientific methods in fish farming, hence productivity will be enhanced, and gross income will be improved. This app will also help to provide important the latest information on different schemes among the stakeholders, especially fisheries, fish farmers, youth, and entrepreneurs across the country, assist them and facilitate ease of doing business. He expressed confidence that the app will serve as a wonderful platform among farmers across the country.