GADVASU organized a 10-day online training course on “Aquatic Animal Health Management”

Online training on “Aquatic Animal Health Management”

The 10-day e-training on “Recent advances in managing aquatic animal health and the environment for sustainable aquaculture”, organized by the College of Fisheries (COF) concluded successfully with key recommendations.

The training was organized within the framework of ICAR-NFDB- “National Aquatic Animal Disease Surveillance Program” (NSPAAD) of the Department of Fisheries (DOF), Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy (MoFAHD) , GOI.

During the program, 90 participants had the opportunity to interact with prominent world-renowned scientists working on different aspects of aquatic animal health management such as aqua-genomics, antimicrobial resistance (AMR ), vaccines and environmental health. The program was also streamed live on social media for enhanced access by interested applicants across the world.

Importance of “health management”

Emphasizing the importance of health management with particular reference to intensive aquaculture systems, the program organized sessions on current and emerging diseases in fish and shrimp; diagnostic tools; prophylaxis; and treatments related to health, surveillance, antimicrobial resistance, alternatives to antibiotics, genomics, environmental welfare, food safety and trade.

Dr Vaneet Inder Kaur (course director) informed that Dr IS Azad, researcher at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, presented the main recommendations during the farewell session.

Highlighting the contribution of the fisheries sector to national GDP and the export sector, the guest of honor, Dr Rajiv Siwach, Chief Director General, NABARD, Regional Office (Punjab), proposed that GADVASU and NABARD undertake a collaborative R&D program for the development of the agricultural community and economic growth of the region.

Highlights of the event:

The guest of honor, Vijaykumar Yargal, Executive Director, and NFDB discussed food and environmental safety issues in aquaculture, with an emphasis on responsible health management interventions. Dr JPS Gill, Research Director, GADVASU, underlined the central role of the scientific fraternity in the responsible expansion of the sector.

Speaking to the public, Dr Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU congratulated the COF team for organizing a tailor-made training program to deliberate on all the key issues related to the management of aquatic animal health for the sustainable development of the sector in order to achieve the projected production targets and to maintain food security and export standards.

He was also impressed with the wide distribution of the training material for its maximum sharing among the scientific fraternity. A e-compendium expert presentations compiled by course coordinators Dr Anuj Tyagi, Shathanagouda, AH and Naveen Kumar BT., was released by the guest of honor and vice-chancellor of the university.

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