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Skill Development Programme on Value Addition of Fish, Fishery Products held in Kerala

Chander Mohan
Chander Mohan

ICAR–Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi, in collaboration with The Kerala State Co-operative Federation for Fisheries Development Ltd. ( MATSYAFED) has conducted a three-day long skill development programme on “Value addition of fish and fishery products” from 14-16 November, 2018 at Cherai village of Ernakulamk district, Kerala. The programme conducted with the assistance of National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad was attended by 24 participants from coastal areas like Cherai, Munambam, Edavanakkad, Malipuram etc. 

Shri A.B. Shaji of Cherai Fishermen Co-operative Society inaugurated the programme on 14 November 2018.  Shri George, Manager, Matsyafed, Ernakulam District offered felicitations on the occasion. Sessions on hygienic handling of fish, nutritional benefits of fish consumption, drying, handling, preprocessing, drying using solar dryers, quality evaluation and packaging, waste utilization, fish for alleviating malnutrition, entrepreneurship development, anti-microbial resistance and personal hygiene were conducted. Preparation of value added products like fish papad, fish soup and hygienic drying using solar dryers were demonstrated. 

Shri K.C. Rajeev, Board Member, MATSYAFED pointed out the importance of translating the learning to action and offered all the support from MATSYAFED in the future endeavors.  He also appreciated the effort of ICAR- CIFT in reaching out to the fisher folks with innovative technologies. All the participants expressed their satisfaction at the end of the training programme. Participants demanded more training in the same line. Some of the participants expressed their willingness to initiate small scale enterprises based on the learning from the programme and by further updations.  

The certificates of participation were distributed by the Chief Guest and other resource persons. Dr. Suseela Mathew, Head, Biochemistry and Nutrition Division, ICAR- CIFT and Coordinator of the programme appreciated all the participants and MATSYFED Officers for their wholehearted support during the programme. She urged the participants to make use of the learning in their day to day life and to initiate small scale venture. She assured the support of ICAR-CIFT in providing technical know-how related to value addition of fish and fishery products. 

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