A Business Meet ‘Innovation 4 Industries for Fisheries’ was organized at Vashi, by the Zonal Technology Management - Business Planning and Development (ZTM-BPD) Unit, operational at Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Cochin, Mumbai Research Centre of CIFT along with Sea Food Exporters Association, Maharashtra Chapter on 23 November 2013. The objective of the Workshop was to popularize the path breaking technologies developed by CIFT, as well as to scientifically and commercially address the issues faced by the Sea Food Industries in Maharashtra.
Dr. T.K. Srinivasa Gopal, Director, CIFT during his presidential address indicated that the Fisheries Research Institutes under ICAR has got good number of entrepreneur ready technologies ranging from culture, capture to value addition of fish, which has the potential to attract the industries in India to utilize and exploit the immense investment opportunities available in this sector. He also emphasized on the ZTM-BPD initiative at CIFT in bringing together the scientific community and industry representatives in a single platform. He urged the participants, to adopt new and innovative production technologies in fisheries and to bring out profitable business ventures. He also delivered a lead talk on the emerging technologies in fish processing and preservation.
The Chief Guest of the function Mr. Rustom Irani, President, Seafood Exporters Association, Maharashtra chapter in his inaugural speech emphasized the necessity of building public private partnership for the upliftment of the fisheries industry. He insisted all the industrialists and other delegates to utilize the opportunities for diversifying the sector by adopting the innovative technologies developed by CIFT. The Workshop consisted of an exclusive technical conference that featured technical presentations and panel sessions for providing a topical arena for the industry professionals to enhance their technical knowledge, share ideas with scientific community and implement new business ideas. The scientists of CIFT, Dr. C.N Ravishankar, Dr. T.V. Sankar, Dr.George Ninan, Dr. A.A. Zynudheen, Dr. C.O. Mohan, Dr. P.K. Binsi, and Shri P. Anil Kumar, Deputy Director, MPEDA, Mumbai, Shri Nitin Singh, Business Manager, Business Incubation Centre, CIFT gave presentations during the technical session. The session was followed by the panel discussion on the issues and problems faced by the sea food industries in Maharashtra. The industry meet witnessed participation from thirty five seafood entrereneurs from Maharashtra, officials from Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), officials from Export Inspection Agency (EIA) and officials from college of Fisheries, Ratnagiri.
Mr. Rustom Irani, President, Seafood Exporters Association,
Maharashtra chapter delivering the inaugural speech on
‘Innovations 4 Industry meet in fisheries’