13th February, 2019, Ernakulam
The ICAR-CIFT launched a Mini Fish Processing Unit and Custom Hiring Centre at Kadamakkudy village, near Varappuzha, Ernakulam today.
The Processing Unit and Custom Hiring Centre are output of the fishery entrepreneurship project started by ICAR-CIFT at Kadamakkudy in the Year - 2017.
In her inaugural address, Smt. Sona Jayaraj, Member, Zila Panchayat applauded CIFT’s efforts for fish-preneurship development among the small scale fishers. She also assured of extending all the possible support of Zilla Panchayat for CIFT’s entrepreneurship building activities.
Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-CIFT mentioned about the ICAR-CIFT’s plan to come up with a sustainable EDP model for developing fish-preneurship among the rural youths and fisher women of the state by the Year - 2020. Dr. Ravishankar opined that venture can be replicated all over the country under similar situations.
Dr. A.K. Mohanty, Head, EIS Division and Project Investigator informed about the CIFT’s initiative to conduct the studies on the market feasibility and Consumers’ behavior towards fish based food products and gender roles in fish entrepreneurship among the stakeholders at Kadamakkudy and surrounding areas.
The PTA of VHSC, Kadamakkudy were handed over the two fish dryers of 10 kg capacity each and two sets of mini fish processing unit consisting of 21 implements each. A Custom Hiring Centre was also opened under a management committee headed by PTA president of VHSC Kadamakkudy with an aim to run the Mini-Fish Processing Unit successfully and sustainably.
The training programme was coordinated by the CIFT team including Dr. George Ninan, Dr. S. Ashaletha, Dr. Sajeev M.V., Dr. Binsi P.K., Dr. Rejula K, Dr. Alfiya P.V. and Dr. P. Jeyanthi.
The training programme registered a total participation by 35 fishery entrepreneurs.
(Source: Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin)