Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal Smt. Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the fourth edition of Mati Utsav at the campus of State Agriculture Farm at Sadhanpur, in the district Burdwan on 19th January, 2016. A wide and diversified fishery related exhibits placed in the Fisheries Department’s stall included inputs such as, manure, chemicals, pesticides, growth promoters etc., different fish species with special emphasis on the indigenous fishes, flex panel boards depicting the cultural practices and do's and don'ts in fish farming, awareness issues in fisheries sector, a special live display on Fish Spa, beautifully crafted ornamental items made out of fish scale etc. The theme of the stall was “Let's Enhance Fish Production”, which was in tandem with the objective of the Department.
With the objective of highlighting the potential of private investments in the Fishery Sector and Culture of GIFT/mono sex Tilapia (having export value), a seminar viz., “GIFT/ mono sex Tilapia fish: Culture and Market” was organized on 23.01.2016in collaboration with M/S D M Sea Foods Private Ltd. This was attended by about 150 progressive fish farmers from the district and around. Two Directors of M/s New D.M Seafood Exporters were the guest participants in the seminar, who assured supply of ninth generation high productive GIFT Tillapia seeds to the willing fish farmers and buy-back the entire harvest produced, every4-6 months. The technical session on pros and cons of GIFT Tilapia & its culture practices were held by Mr. Avijit Bandopadhyay, CEO,FFDA, Burdwan, Mr. Banaspati Biswas, TS, FFDA, Birbhum, Shri Mozammel Haque, DFO (Training), Burdwan and Mr Subhas Das, Fisheries Extension Officer, Galsi-II Block, Burdwan, followed by a question answer session with the farmers to satisfy the queries. The benefits of culturing the species because of its short culture span, high market demand and export value of the fillets, generated much interest amongst the participant farmers.