Dimapur, November 8 (MExN): Dr. Nchumbeni Humtsoe from Fisheries Department, Nagaland participated for the second time in the International Conference on Aquaculture and Fisheries. The 7th edition of the conference was held in Rome, Italy from October 19-21, 2017 under the theme ‘Recent Trends in Aquaculture Innovation’. Earlier, she participated in the 6th Global Summit on Aquaculture at Osaka, Japan in May 2017. She was the lone keynote speaker from India in both the conferences, informed a press release received here.
Delivering her keynote speech in Rome on the topic ‘Prospects of Ornamental Fish Culture in Nagaland,’ Dr. Humtsoe emphasised on importance of culturing indigenous fishes specially the species which are on the verge of extinction. She also delivered a talk on ‘Fish Nutrition’ based on her research, with a focus 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 is a premier event that brings together a 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, the State can certainly become a major contributor in the international trade for augmenting income, employment generation and earning of foreign exchange as well, she said.