Agri Business

Plan to introduce pharmacology, toxicology in fisheries education

A. J. Vinayak Mangalore | Updated on August 08, 2011

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To regulate the use of drugs, antibiotics and chemicals in aquaculture, the Union Agriculture Ministry is planning to introduce pharmacology and toxicology courses in fisheries education, according to Dr K.M. Shankar, Dean of the Mangalore-based College of Fisheries.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, he said that the aquaculture sector has been witnessing an annual growth rate of 6-8 per cent in the country. Aquaculture contributes nearly 50 per cent to the total fish production in the world.

However, the estimated loss due to diseases in aquaculture is at Rs 600 crore a year. There is a large-scale use of drugs, antibiotics and chemicals to control diseases. This issue needs to be regulated and addressed from the view-point of fish health and human consumers, he said.

Considering the need for regulation of drugs in aquaculture, the Union Agriculture Ministry and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) are planning to introduce pharmacology and toxicology courses in fisheries education.

In this regard, Dr Shankar said the College of Fisheries in Mangalore will train teachers from 15 other fisheries colleges in the country in pharmacology and toxicology. The training programme will be inaugurated in Mangalore on August 10. Those trained in Mangalore in turn will introduce teaching and research in these areas in their institutes.

Published on August 08, 2011

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