Inauguration of ICAR-CIFT refrigeration enabled mobile fish vending kiosk at Vennikulam, Ernakulam
ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi has developed a refrigeration enabled mobile fish vending kiosk to improve the unhygienic handling and marketing practices of fisher folk, small scale vendors and retailers. The main components of the kiosk are chilled storage cum display facility, hand operated descaling machine, fish dressing deck with wash basin, water tank, waste collection chamber and working space. In this unit, consumer can see the fishes directly through transparent glass cover and select according to their choice of purchase. Additionally, the kiosk has provision for descaling, cutting, cleaning, and packing operations. Under ideal operating conditions, the unit can extend the shelf life of fish for 4 to 5 days and increases marginal benefit to fish vendors. In addition to this, 20kg solar-electrical hybrid dryer was launched for hygienic drying of fish and fishery products to get quality dried products. The kiosk and dryer were launched by Dr. Ravishankar C.N, Director ICAR-CIFT, Kochi at M/S Freshpack Fish Mart, Kokkapilly P.O.,Vennikulam, Ernakulam on 18.02.2019, in the presence of Vennikulam ward members, Shri. Aji Kottarathil and Smt.Omana Ramachandran. Dr Manoj P Samuel, HOD, Engineering Division and Dr. Amulyakumar Mohanty, HOD, EIS Division and other staff members of ICAR-CIFT, Cochin were also present during the inaugural function.
Inauguration of ICAR-CIFT Solar-electrical hybrid dryer (20Kg) at Vennikulam, Ernakulam