Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR)along with Dr. J.K. Jena, DDG (Fisheries Science) and Dr. P. Pravin, ADG (Fisheries Science) visited ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin today (25 May, 2019). He inaugurated the newly established National Referral Laboratory at CIFT. The Director General also inaugurated the Fish Behaviour Laboratory and CIFT Solar Boat II developed at CIFT.
|Inauguration of ICAR-CIFT Sun Boat II||DG and dignitaries in ICAR-CIFT Sun Boat II|
In his address, the Director General applauded the great work done by CIFT and emphasized on perfection in work. He could appreciate that CIFT is an institute which takes highest level of initiative and technologies from CIFT has provided great visibility to ICAR. He called for better communication of salient achievement to stakeholders and asked for preparation of brief flyers on all available technologies.
|Inaugurating the Fish Behaviour Lab||DG being explained about Fish behaviour lab|
He opined that CIFT has sufficient inputs to create huge impact among stakeholders and called for exploring possibilities of automation, sensor systems, artificial intelligence and block chain technology to create value. He also suggested preparation of document on standards developed by CIFT. He wished all success for future endeavors at CIFT.
|Inauguration of National Referral Lab||Dignitaries visiting National Referral Lab|
Later the Director Generalreleased six new technologies developed by CIFT namely; Squalene powder, Fish Soup Powder, ChitoPro, Tunnel Dryer, Table Top Fish Descaling Machine and Fish Freshness Sensor.The DG officially released 3 new mobile apps developed by CIFT namely CIFT FISHPRO, CIFT LABTEST and CIFTraining during the function.
|DG addressing the gathering||Release of publications|
The event also witnessed release of ICAR-CIFT training calendar and 8 other publications.The DG also launched products developed by Incubates of ICAR-CIFT namely Cashew Oats Cookies by Smile and Take, Ready to Cook Mussel (Retort) by Foo Foods, Dry fish products by Emma Foods, Dry fish products by Chef n Kitchen Dried fish andDry fish products by Mr. Fish.
|Release of mobile apps||Release of incubate products|
Dr. J.K. Jena, DDG (Fisheries Science) and Dr. P. Pravin, ADG (Fisheries Science) also marked their presence during the occasion and felicitated the good work done by CIFT and offered suggestions for further research. DDG (Fisheries Science) lauded the contributions of CIFT and called for more focus on blue economy and increased collaborative work between fisheries institutes.
|Visit of DG to ICAR-CIFT ATIC||DG examining the digital display systems|
Earlier, Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-CIFT welcomed the dignitaries and highlighted the prominent contributions of CIFT in the past year. He thanked the DG and DDG for all the guidance and support provided for research and development activities of CIFT.
Later he visited the Agricultural Technology Information Centre at CIFT renovated with latest digital display boards, interactive presentation system and backlit posters for enhanced technology communication. He also visited the different divisions and laboratories and offered suggestions for future research.
Directors of ICAR-CMFRI, Cochin, ICAR-CTCRI, Thiruvananthapuram, ICAR-IISR, Calicut and Head of Station, ICAR-CPCRI, Kayamkulam andHoDs of ICAR-CIFT and ICAR-CMFRI, several fisheries incubates and other fishery stakeholders also graced the event.