Under the Network project on “Capacity building of coastal fisherwomen through post harvest technology in fisheries” Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture (DRWA) created a Model Fish Drying Unit at Penthakota, Puri, Odisha with the financial support of National Fishery Development Board (NFDB). The unit was inaugurated by Dr. (Mrs.) Krishna Srinath, Director, DRWA and handed over to Shanti Marine Fisherwomen Society, Penthakota in the presence of Shri P. Krishna Mohan, Director Fisheries, Govt. of Odisha, officials of State fisheries department and scientists of DRWA.
Fish drying is a major activity in the coastal districts of Odisha, carried out mainly by small-scale fisherwomen. However, most of them process dried fish under poor hygienic conditions. The product not only lacks quality but also fetches low market price. Moreover unprotected handling while drying affects the health of fisherwomen which is a matter of concern. Recognizing the need for technological intervention and skills amongst small-scale fisherwomen, DRWA had initiated a Network project at Penthakota Village of Puri for empowering coastal fisherwomen communities for hygienic production of dry fish, its packaging and marketing. DRWA in collaboration with National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) taken up the programme which increased the skill of fisherwomen to produce quality dried fish without affecting their health and moreover they got 25-30% more market price. Under this project, quality product was assured as well as links have been created with more profitable market chains that generated increased income. Model Fish Drying Units were created at five locations two in Odisha, one each in Tamilnadu, Kerela and Maharastra with the financial support of National Fisheries Development Board for fisherwomen society for hygienic production of dry fish and its marketing through group approach.
(Source: Dr. (Mrs.) Krishna Srinath, Director, DRWA)