July 9, 2021: The online course Matsya Setu app is out now with an aim to promote educated pisci culture in the country.
Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry Giriraj Singh, launched the Online Course Mobile App “Matsya Setu” for fish farmers recently.
Matsya Setu App created by ICAR-CIFA and NFDB
Matsya Setu app has been created by the ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIFA), Bhubaneswar with financial aid from the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad.
The goal of this online course app is to distribute up-to-date freshwater aquaculture-technologies-based instructions to the country’s aqua and pisci farmers.
Features of Matsya Setu app
In this app, recognized aquaculture experts will be able to explain the basic concepts and conduct practical demonstrations on breeding, seed production, and grow-out culture of commercially important fishes like carp, catfish, scampi, murrel, ornamental fish, pearl farming and more.
Better management practices will be followed in maintaining the soil and water quality, feeding and health management in aquaculture operations will also be provided in the course platform.
For the learners’ convenience, the modules are divided into small video chapters that include supplemental learning tools. Quiz/Test options for self-assessment are also provided to motivate learners and create a vibrant learning experience. An e-certificate can be generated automatically after each course module is completed successfully. Farmers can also use the system to ask questions about their concerns and get specific advisories from experts.
Union Minister praises the app
Speaking at the event, Giriraj Singh emphasized on developing the capability of fish farmers, which is an important component of spearheading the country’s technology-led aquaculture development.
He underlined the importance of providing training in a variety of activities, including ornamental fisheries, seaweed farming, a feed preparation module, and post-harvest value addition. He stressed on the need of including successful inputs of the farmers.
He said the Matsya Setu app will be extremely useful for farmers in learning about technological breakthroughs and best management practices.
Learning about the latest technologies will impact the adoption of scientific approaches in fish farming, resulting in increased production and profitability.
The Union Minister also interacted with progressive fish farmers from various places in the country and took inputs from the farmers.