Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Hon’ble Union Minister of State
for Agri. & Farmers Welfare appreciated the accomplishments of ICAR-CIFT
Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India made a visit to ICAR- Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin on 5th May, 2017 to review the activities of the institute. At the outset, highlighting the significant achievements of the institute in fish harvesting and post-harvesting sectors; Dr. C. N. Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-CIFT apprised the Hon’ble Minister about some important activities like NABL accredited state-of-art laboratory facilities, national level referral food laboratories, Pilot procesing plant, Agri-Business Incubation Centre etc. He also elaborated the accomplishments of the institute under different flagship programmes of Govt. of India namely;Mera Gaon, Mera Gaurav, Swachha Bharat, NEH/TSP programmesto reach the unreached fishing communities of the country spreading over 22 states including NEH states that covers almost all fish ecosystems namely; saline, brackish water, fresh water etc.
During his visit to different laboratories, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare expressed satisfaction over the research progress of ICAR-CIFT not only in fish harvesting and post harvesting but also in value added fish product development, quality maintenance and safety standards development in addressing the emerging issues in the sector. On this occasion, Hon’ble Ministerof State also released some newly developed Fish products namely; Collagen Peptide Biscuits, Seaweed Nutri Drink, Calcium and Iron Fortified Fish Soup Powder and an E-Book entitled “Mechanised Fishing Vessels of India”. The programme came to an end with vote of thanks offered by Dr. A.K. Mohanty, Head, Extension, Information and Statistics Division. All the Scientists and other staff of the institute attended the programme to make it a grand success.
Seaweed Nutri Drink released by Hon'ble MOS