A unit of the refrigeration enabled fish vending kiosk developed by ICAR-CIFT was launched at Paradise Resort, Kumarakom on 13.07.18. The kiosk is first of its kind as it is intended for the tourists in houseboats. The fresh backwater fishes will be displayed in the kiosk, with the provisions for real-time cutting, cleaning and cooking operations.The inauguration of the unit was done by Dr. C N Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-CIFT in presence of representatives of Kumarakom Grama Panchayath and hotel management. Dr. C N Ravishankar emphasised on the potential of fisheries sector and its impact on health and livelihood of people. Dr. Manoj P Samuel, Principal Scientist and Head, Division of engineering, ICAR-CIFT, explained on the working of the refrigeration enabled mobile fish vending kiosk and its benefits to fisher folks and entrepreneurs. He also briefed on the activities of ICAR-CIFT in general and its association with public.
The mobile refrigeration enabled fish vending kiosk was developed by ICAR-CIFt to improve the unhygienic handling and marketing practices of fresh fish. The special feature of kiosk is its fish storage cum display facility and a well-insulated refrigeration system. In this unit, a consumer can see the fishes directly through transparent cover and select according to their choice of purchase.Under ideal operating conditions, the unit can extend the shelf life of fish for 4 to 5 days and increase marginal benefit to fish vendors.