To enhance the livelihood of fisher folks, hands-on training on improved fish curing practices was imparted. During the two-day training programme, which commenced on March 7th, trainers from the Department of Fish Processing Technology, Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tuticorin, outlined the benefits of the programme.
The programme was funded by the National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad, under the ICAR-DRWA network project on “Capacity building of coastal fisherwomen through post-harvest technologies”. It was attended by thirty fisherwomen hailing from Patinamaruthur and Tharuvaikulam, coastal hamlets.
V. K. Venkataramani, Director of Research and Extension (Fisheries), who presided over the valedictory function here on Thursday spoke on the need to produce salt cured fish hygienically through improved practices as it forms over seven percent of our marine products that are exported.
G. Sugumar, Professor and Principal Investigator, of the project stated that a demonstration unit for improved fish curing practices was being set up at Tharuvaikulam at a cost of Rs. 6 lakh under the aegis of NFDB, Hyderabad. The facility could be used to give training to fisherwomen for commercial operations thus helping them earn their livelihood and also bring in quality products in the local market.
R. Jeyaraman, Dean in-charge, gave away certificates and training manual to the trainees and encouraged them to take up improved fish curing on a commercial basis.