3-day Nellai Fish Food Festival on the cards

The Centre for Aquaculture Research and Extension (CARE) of St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai, which promotes freshwater fish culture and research, will organise a 3-day Nellai Fish Food Festival (NEFFF 2013) from February 7.

The aim is to popularise freshwater fish production, value additional products and cuisine based on inland fish species.

The festival offers freshwater fish production as a viable alternative occupation for farmers suffering from repeated crop failure, self-help groups, housewives and other stakeholders, as it can be pursued in the backyard and requires just one cent of land , providing an attractive income.

The public will be treated to a variety of dishes made from freshwater fish such as carp, tilapia, murrels, catfish and eel , which will be available at the festival venue. Workshops will be held to shed light on the technical aspects of freshwater fish farming. Expert chefs will conduct live food demonstrations and competitions will be organised as part of the event.

District Science Centre, one of the organisers, will hold elocutions, quiz and essay contests on the theme of freshwater fish production, fish food and value-addition on its premises at Kokkirakulam.

“Freshwater fish will be sold to the consumers at the venue.

Recipe competitions have been planned for college students, housewives and SHGs as part of the festival,” M.A. Haniffa, Director, CARE, told reporters here on Wednesday.

During the festival, interested persons can also visit the CARE’s fish ponds on the St. Xavier’s College premises and also the Centre for Aquaculture Research and Training (CART) at Aaraikulam near Palayamkotta. Prospective fish farmers will be provided training in aquaculture.