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CIFRI training programme on use of Q-GIS in fisheries

Barrackpore: ICAR-CIFRI organised a five days long training programme on “Application of Open source GIS Software for Inland Fisheries management from 26-30 November 2018.

Dr. B. K. Das, Director, CIFRI in his address emphasised the role of Geographical information system technology in fisheries research. Through the use of this technology spatial and temporal information can easily be disseminated.

The aim of this training was to propagate the use of open source GIS in Inland Fisheries Research. Open source GIS has become popular software in the past few years due to its convenience of being free of cost and also allowing the user to access and alter the source code. Using Q-GIS as an open source GIS software had been the key focus of this training. The foremost deliverable was building capacity of participants, to learn the nitty gritty of this software like geo-referencing, vector analysis, overlaying, theme generation, GPS etc., so that they can easily compose individual study area maps after completion of the training.

There are 12 participants from CIFRI and RCER Patna. More than 70% of trainees were fresher to the subject and they were deftly introduced with the overview of  GIS in inland fisheries management. They had been evaluated both prior to the training as well as after it and the results showed an 80% improvement in their performance. The participants gave their valuable feedback and were happy with their knowledge enhancement.