The preservation of seafood in the cold storage has been badly hit due to acute shortage of power.
Uninterrupted supply of electricity is primarily required for maintaining the quality of fish with the help of cold storage facilities in seafood industries. A bulk of seafood products was being exported to countries like Japan, Europe and the United States under the maintenance of cold storage. The frozen foods were being maintained at minus twenty degree Celsius in the cold storage, which has a capacity of 8,000 metric tones.
According to N. Subramanian, Manager, Nila Sea Foods Company, Tuticorin, on an average, a year, additional expenditure to the tune of Rs. 4 crore is being incurred by the seafood industries towards electricity.
If the sea foods get spoiled, they cannot be exported and there by traders incur loss. Totally twelve ice plants and five cold storage units are functioning in various parts of the district. Similarly, vegetables, fruits like apple, orange, berry, dates and spices are being imported. They are also kept in cold storages with a capacity of 13,000 metric tones. Due to power shortage, the temperature variation in the cold storage spoils its quality and as a result, the market value of the products gets reduced.