Culturing indigenous fishes highlighted at global platform
Dimapur, Nov. 6 (EMN): Dr. Nchumbeni Humtsoe, the first doctorate degree holder from State Fisheries Department, has participated in the 7th International Conference on Aquaculture and Fisheries held at Rome, Italy, from October 19-21 on the theme “Recent trends in aquaculture innovation.”
It may be mentioned here that she had also participated at the 6th Global Summit on Aquaculture in Osaka, Japan in May 2017. She was a lone keynote speaker from India in both the conferences.
Delivering a keynote speech on topic “Prospects of ornamental fish culture in Nagaland,” she emphasised on the importance of culturing indigenous fishes especially the species which are on the verge of extinction. It was well appreciated and received by participating scientists from across the globe. She also delivered a talk on “Fish Nutrition” based on her research with a focused on intertidal clams as a partial replacement for fish meal, which is one of the main global issues at present as fish meal is very expensive that in most of the aquaculture operations, cost of fish meal accounts for half of operational cost.
Various topics were deliberated in the conference on latest research techniques such as fish welfare, fish nutrition, antibiotics, instruments introduced by the aquaculture fisheries laboratories, basic and advanced research of developmental, toxicological and transgenic aspects.
The conference was a premier event which brought together unique and international mix of experts including scientists, researchers and decision makers from both academia and industry across the globe to exchange their knowledge, experience and research innovations.
Dr. Humtsoe opined that attending such international conference is a great opportunity to make known to the world the potentials of aquaculture in Nagaland and also for opening possible research and development in near future. With such initiatives, she felt the State would certainly become a major contributor in the international trade for augmenting income, employment generation and earning of foreign exchange as well.
Meanwhile, she thanked her family members and friends who helped her with finance and moral support as well as prayer support from the church communities. She has further appreciated the staff of VFS Global, Kolkatta Centre, for processing her visa on time.