9th January, 2017, Cochin
ICAR- Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin signed a MoU with Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh today in presence of Shri Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Minister of Forest and Fisheries, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh for setting up of Canning and Fish processing unit with the technical consultancy of CIFT.
Shri Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Chief Guest of the event said the MoU will strengthen the linkage between ICAR- CIFT and Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh to go ahead in fishery sector development.
Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-CIFT, in his presidential address briefed about recent accomplishments of institute. Citing the example of Himachal Pradesh he urged for the cooperation of the line departments of other states to address the problems in Harvesting and Post-harvesting sectors of fisheries across the country.
Shri Gurcharan Singh, Director, Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh said initiatives by ICAR- CIFT for taking up field survey and situation analysis on status of fishery in Himachal Pradesh, has helped to formulate policy strategy for the development of the sector. Himachal Pradesh is the leading state in trout production and Dept of Fisheries, HP is taking all the efforts to increase the production of other cultivable varieties of fishes as per the recommendation of ICAR- CIFT .
According to MoU, ICAR-CIFT will provide the details like design of processing units, procurement of equipments and training of Fisheries Department officials and fishermen on processing and value addition. Processing units will be constructed at Gobind Sagar , Pong , Solan and Una .
Dr. George Ninan, Principal Scientist & Principal Investigator for Agri-Business Incubation centre at ICAR-CIFT and Shri. Gurucharan Singh Director cum Warden, Department of Fisheries, Himachal Pradesh signed the MoU.
Senior Officials of the Institute and Kerala Fisheries Department attended the event.
(Source: ICAR- Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin)