10th July – National Fish Farmer’s Day

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• National Fish Farmers Day is observed on 10th July in India
• It is celebrated by the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying in association with the National Fisheries Development Board
• The aim is to draw attention to changing the way the country manages fisheries resources to ensure sustainable stocks and healthy ecosystems.
• It is celebrated in remembrance of scientists Dr K. H. Alikunhi and Dr H.L. Chaudhury.
• They successfully demonstrated the technology of induced breeding (Hypophysation) in Indian Major Carps on 10th July 1957 at the erstwhile ‘Pond Culture Division’ of CIFRI at Cuttack, Odisha.
• The event is celebrated by felicitating outstanding fish farmers, aquapreneurs and fisherfolks in recognition of their accomplishments.
• On the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day 2020, Fish Cryobanks were set up in different parts of the country. This will be taken forward in 2021.
• Fish Cryobanks will facilitate the all-time availability of ‘fish sperms’ of desired species to fish farmers.
• This is the first time in the world when a Fish Cryobank was established.
• Cryomilt technology developed by the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources will be used in these Fish cryobanks, to ensure good quality of fish sperms in hatcheries at any time.