18th February, 2017, Kochi
Smt. J. Mercy Kutty Amma, Minister of Fisheries, Harbour Engg. and Cashew Industries, Govt. of Kerala visited ICAR- Central Institute of Fisheries Technology , Cochin today.
During her address to the scientists and staff of the institute, minister said that the Kerala government is giving priority for improving the production of primary fishery sector setting a target of forty percent enhancement in production. Beyond production enhancement, also employment generation has become a challenge in state fisheries sector, which can be achieved through preservation of the harvested fish and promotion of value added fish products, she said. This may lead to improvement in state exchequer. Lauding the efforts of CIFT scientists, the minister expressed her desire that CIFT can play an important role for the technological advancement in those fields. Smt Kutty Amma emphasised on the need to exploit the potential natural resources like water bodies for upscaling the development process in fisheries sector in Kerala. In this context, she cited the example of Andhra Pradesh which is promoting aquaculture in artificial water bodies for enhancing the production. Expressing her concern over the fish contamination, she asked for prophylactic measures to eradicate the spreading disease menace in fishery sector.
Further, the minister said that the Government of Kerala is planning to make amendments in Kerala Marine Fisheries Regulation Act, which was implemented 36 years ago that may give emphasis on maintaining the quality and food safety issues. Being impressed with CIFT technologies during her laboratory visit, she urged the scientists of ICAR-CIFT to come up with novel technologies to improve the livelihood security of large scale fisher population of the state and expressed her desire to collaborate with ICAR-CIFT.
Eailer, Dr. C.N.Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-CIFT in his welcome address highlighted the salient achievements of the institute and its vital role in improving the harvesting and post harvesting sector in fisheries in the country.
(Source: ICAR- Central Institute of Fisheries Technology , Cochin)