Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India (GoI) recently organised a webinar on 'Fish for Health and Fish for Wealth'. The event was organised under the chairmanship of Jatindra Nath Swain, Secretary, Department of Fisheries (DoF), GoI. More than 100 participants attended the event.
The welcome address was given by IA Siddiqui, Fisheries Development Commissioner (FDC), DoF. Other participants were Sagar Mehra, Joint Secretary (Inland Fisheries), DoF, Dr BK Das, Director, Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) and other participants.
Mehra in his address highlighted the importance of fisheries, livelihood opportunities provided through fisheries activities across the sector, related socio-economic developments, and the importance of biodiversity of flora and fauna. The participants were made aware of the numerous health benefits provided through fish consumption due to micronutrients, minerals and animal proteins present including Omega 3 and Fatty acids that are very useful for our health.
During the technical session, Dr BK Das emphasised on the importance of the consumption of fish for health benefits such as overcoming micronutrient deficiencies, increased immunity against diseases, a tool for fighting malnutrition and increasing nutritional security across the nation.