Staff Reporter

25-acre park has many facilities

Project estimated to cost Rs.10 crore

Park to have facilities for value addition units

/KOZHIKODE: Land acquisition for the Beypore Marine Park being set up by the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) is nearing competition. The 25-acre park located close to the Beypore fishing harbour has facilities for seafood pre-processing centre, marine products value-added production centre, fishing boat repairs and service and a data management and communication centre besides a training centre, crèche and activity centres.

The park will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs.10 crore with 90 per cent of the funding to be met by Union Government under its Assistance to States for Infrastructure Development for Exports (ASIDE) programme.

Once commissioned, the park can provide employment to around 2,000 persons, mostly women, and is expected to generate exports to the tune of Rs. 300 crore in the first five years of its operation.

Pre-processing centre

The pre-processing centre will be a collaboration between Kinfra, Marine Products Export Development Agency (MPEDA) and State Fisheries Department. The centre will have two peeling units employing 150 works each and will have arrangements for safe effluent disposal meeting all environmental and pollution control regulations.

At present, the pre-processing is being done in unhygienic conditions. The pre-processing centre will have facilities like ice crushing room, rest room, canteen, trolleys, chill room, storage and toilet facility. About 300 fisherwomen are engaged in peeling as independent home workers in Beypore region.

The average annual fish landing is about 90,000 tonnes, but only a small portion is processed here. With the processing facility made available, this is expected to encourage more fishing vessels to land at Beypore.

The proposed park would have facilities for setting up value addition units. The processed fish could be packed as ready-to-eat products, pickled or made into other value-added products.

Modern boatyard

The boat-building and repairing industry at Beypore can also look forward to a modern boatyard with better facilities for boat building at the boat repair and servicing unit at the park unlike the conventional facilities available at present. The park also envisages better data management of fishing resources and fishing techniques and will also have a communication centre to keep in touch with fishermen when they are out in the open seas.