Under the Tribal Sub Plan Programme ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin organized a training programme on “Value Addition of Freshwater Fish Through Processing” in collaboration with ICAR- Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research (DCFR), Bhimtal during 2-3 March, 2016 at Dehradun. The objective of the training was to demonstrate the protocol for post harvest handling and preparation of value added products from fish in order to create awareness for livelihood support among tribal women through initiating small scale entrepreneurship. The trainees comprised of 73 tribal women belonging to Bhotia and Boksha community.
While inaugurating the programme. the Chief Guest, Shri N.S. Napalchyal, Former Chief Secretary (Govt. of Uttarakhand) and currently Chairman, ST Commission (Govt. of Uttarakhand) opined that training module will be beneficial to the tribals in supporting their livelihood in remote areas. He appreciated the efforts of ICAR for taking up such programmes and emphasized collaboration with state Government for intensifying efforts under Tribal Sub Plan. He also emphasized for forming self help group for income generation through small scale entrepreneurship. Dr. A.A. Zynudheen, HOD I/c, Fish Processing, ICAR-CIFT gave a brief outline of the programme and Dr. George Ninan, Senior Scientist took a class on Value addition options for freshwater fish. Dr. A.K. Singh, Director, ICAR-DCFR, Bhimtal ensured support for community based programmes. Practical demonstration on the post harvest handling of fish, fillets preparation, preparation of fish fingers, fish balls, fish cutlets, fish steaks, fish curry, fish pickle and fish silage were carried out. The trainees participated enthusiastically for learning the techniques and have shown interest in forming a self help group for setting up small scale enterprises.
Demonstration in progress