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ICAR sponsored winter school on
Reclamation of Saline and Alkaline Soils through Aquaculture
6-26, Nov 2013
 

The winter school was organized by Department of Aquatic Environment Management, College of Fisheries, Mangalore during 6-26, Nov 2013. There were 25 participants from four States. The inauguration was held on 6.11.13. Sri. Lakshminatha Reddy, General Manger, Corporation Bank inaugurated the program. He called the professionals to bring economic glamour to the agriculture and allied fields, so that youths remain or choose agriculture as business. Dr. Shivakumar Magada, Professor of Aquatic Biology and the course director presented the concept note and said that if we do not reclaim and conserve these problematic soils, there will be acute food shortage in the years to come he added.
Dr. Shivananda Murthy, Professor and Head was the chief guest. Dr. K. M. Shankar, Dean (Fisheries) presided the function and called the participants to spread this learning to the beneficiaries of their region. Dr. Gangadhara Gowda, Professor and Head proposed vote of thanks. Later on the same day trainees were tested for their knowledge base about the said issues. Knowledge assimilation was evaluated by giving the same question paper after the training program. The uptake of knowledge was tremendous. There were 28 different lectures by the experts and 20 short presentations by the participants. Participants were taken to field trip and soil health laboratories to demonstrate soil sample collection and method demonstration. 
Land to lab Program: This was the unique program where 6 successful farmers shared their success stories and 2 farmers shared their failure stories. All were from Mandya district and actively involved in aquaculture activities. About 6 press reporters present farmers-scientist interaction and covered in leading Kannada and English dailies.
Valedictory function: Dr. Y. Basavaraju, Director of Extension, KVAFSU, Bidar delivered valedictory note. Sri. K.C. Shankaregowda and Sri. T. Mukunda Varma, Hon’ble Members, Board of Management, KVAFSU, Bidar were Guests of Honors. Dr. K. M. Shankar, Dean, College of Fisheries, Mangalore presided over the function. Participants expressed their happiness and satisfaction about the conduct of the program and expressed their gratitude to the course director Dr. Shivakumar Magada. The training manual was released by Sri. T. Mukunda Varma.

 

Inauguration of the workshop by Mr. lakshminatha Reddy, General Manager, Corporation Bank and audience at glance

 
Concept note presentation by the course director and inaugural speech by
Mr. Mukunda Varma
 
Training manual was released by, Hon’ble Member, Board of Management and speaking in Valedictory function

Farmers who shared success and failure stories were honored by Sri. Mukunda Varma, Hon’ble Member, Board of Management the