Port Blair, April 24
A two days programme was conducted by National Academy of Sciences (NASI), Allahabad and ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair recently for the tribal `farmers of Car Nicobar and Harminder Bay, at the Garacharma Complex of CIARI which was facilitated by KVK, Nicobar.
Dr. Manju Sharma, distinguished Women Scientist, NASI, Allahabad alongwith a team comprising of eight members, and scientists of CIARI were the experts of the programme. At the outset, Dr. Manju Sharma, spoke about the programme and NASI, followed by presentation of the Director, Dr. A. Kundu on initiatives of CIARI. Prof. U.C. Srivastava spoke on the promotive health care for healthy living, Dr. Anamitra Barik on major health issues among the Tribals, Dr. Paramjit Khurana on S & T for skill development towards employment generation, Dr. Partha Majumdar on ancestries of tribal populations while Smti Archana Pant spoke on women's programme. Dr. Santosh Shukla enlightened the gathering on areas identified for ST for training etc., Dr. R. Kiruba Sankar on fisheries development and activities in Island, Dr. S.K. Zamir Ahmed on the possible intervention in agriculture and allied fields and Dr. M.S. Kundu on pig farming as livelihood. Later, Dr. Manju Sharma deliberated the project formulation after interacting with the tribal farmers on the need for empowerment.
The thematic areas identified were fisheries, piggery, horticulture, poultry, mushroom, floriculture and value addition which will be eco-friendly and sustainable to the target clientele, a communication said.