CM inaugurates it through video conferencing mode
A newly-constructed Fish Quality Monitoring and Certification Centre at Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI), Tuticorin, a constituent of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Jayalalitha on Saturday through video conferencing mode.
Besides hostels for boys and girls of the FCRI were also inaugurated. Minister for Labour Welfare S.T. Chellapandian and Collector Ashish Kumar visited the new facilities on Saturday.
With the availability of necessary equipment at the centre, fish and fishery products from seafood processing units could be tested to ensure quality and food safety, and a series of programmes would be conducted to train personnel, said V.K. Venkataramani, Dean, FCRI. The fish quality monitoring centre was constructed at a cost of Rs. 26.99 lakh, with a plinth area of 1,750 square feet, in the main campus. It would be of immense help to seafood processors in the southern districts to assess quality of fish and adopt suitable management practices.
The centre would also play a key role in imparting training programmes for fishermen on hygienic handling of fish on board vessels and on shore. Fisherwomen under self-help groups would also be sensitised to prepare quality fishery products.
The two storied boys’ hostel building, constructed at a cost of Rs. 48.60 lakh, on the college campus with 13 rooms has a capacity to accommodate 39 undergraduate boys. The girls’ hostel was established at Rs. 16 lakh on the staff quarters campus of FCRI. In seven rooms, 14 postgraduate girl students can be accommodated.