J.Mercy Kutty Amma, Minister of Fisheries, Govt fo Kerala visits CIFT, Cochin

Hon’ble Minister of Fisheries, Harbor Engineering and Cashew industries, Govt. of Kerala Ms J.Mercy Kutty Amma visited Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Cochin on February 18, 2017 to get acquainted with the technological achievements of the institute for addressing various problems related to harvest and post harvest sector in fishery in the state.

During her address to the scientists and staff of the institute, Minister said that the Kerala Government is giving priority for improving production of primary fishery sector setting a target of 40 percent enhancement in production. The Minister opined that, beyond production enhancement, also employment generation has become a challenge in state fisheries sector, which cab ne achieved through preservation of the harvested fish and promotion of value added fish products. This may lead to improvement exchequer. Lauding the efforts of CIFT scientists, the Minister expressed her desire that the Institute plays an important role for the technological advancement in those fields. In her address, Ms J. Mercy Kutty Amma emphasized on the need to exploit the potential natural resources like water bodies for up-scaling the development process in the fisheries sector in Kerala.

In this context, she cited the example of Andhra Pradesh which is promoting aquaculture in artificial water bodies for enhancing production. Expressing her concern over fish contamination, she asked for prophylactic measures to eradicate the spreading disease menace in the 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 the institute 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 CIFT. Earlier, Dr C.N. Ravishankar, Director, 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. Dr Suseela Mathew, Head, Bio-Chemistry & Nutrition Division offered vote of thanks.

Source : Aqua International

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