Efficient machinery to be developed for fish kiosks

The Director of CSIR-CFTRI, Ram Rajashekaran, has said that the Mysore-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) is working on developing efficient small-scale processing machinery that can be placed in small kiosks selling fish.

Prof. Rajashekaran said the processing technologies could address a different spectrum of investment scenario. He said the institute had developed a pilot model of a fish meat extractor.

Presiding over Value Fish, a national conference on ‘Research, production and marketing of value-added fish products – present status and future directions’ organised by the CSIR-CFTRI, the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) and Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), here on Thursday, Prof. Rajashekaran, who spoke on ‘Value fish: a long and challenging journey’, suggested a cost-effective and small-scale processing industry.

According to him, fisheries, both marine and inland, contribute substantially to the Indian economy. The 8,000-km-long coastline and various inland water resources had recently seen excellent growth in both capture as well as culture fisheries.

Both these had added to the basket of nutritional security and the Indian economy, he said.

Adding value to waste

One area of concern is processing fish waste. The environmental concern posed by fish processing waste is well-known, he said.

Infrastructure

Prof. Rajashekaran said infrastructure, rather than technology, was of paramount importance.

Funding and policy-making institutions like NFDB were addressing the issue. Various Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes had taken up the challenge on the production front, he said.

Karnataka State Open University Vice-Chancellor K.S. Rangappa inaugurated the conference.

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