Extension, Information & Statistics


The Extension, Information, and Statistics (EIS) Division is driven by the dream serving as effective link for technology aided welfare improvement of all the stakeholders in the harvest and post-harvest aspects of fishery value chain.  Since its inception, the Division has served as an agency for technology assessment and refinement of the institute.
The Division undertakes research; and facilitates capacity development through training, industrial visits, and technology demonstrations to stakeholders across the fish value chain, including fishermen and women, development officials, professionals and workers in seafood sector, students, academicians etc.
EIS Division assists the institute in identifying emerging issues in fishery value chain while continuing to deliver on its mission to provide research-based policy solutions. The targeted domains in the value chain include fisherfolk, input manufacturers and service providers, small fishers and processors, industry, exporters and consumers in both domestic and urban markets.  
EIS Division has carried out research and extension activities in the domains of sustainable  and responsible fishing; fishery ecosystem and food systems; life and livelihood of small scale and artisanal fishers; fish marketing, and trade; supply chain efficiency including loss assessment and reduction; input and service delivery systems; institutional changes in fisheries including legal and regulatory regimes; labour issues in fish value chains; gender in aquaculture and fisheries;  economics of fishing systems; entrepreneurship development in fisheries; need and  impact assessment of technologies and consumer behaviour. It is involved in entrepreneurship development and village development programmes.
The Division supports the Institute to conduct national and international organisations. EIS division also serves as the functional bridge between the programmes of the Central and State Governments and the institute. The Extension Division, via its numerous programs, schemes, and activities, assists farmers in obtaining information about scientific research and new knowledge in fishing and subsequent activities.
The Division reaches technology end-users through a multi-pronged strategy of responding to technical questions, providing designs and publications, setting up exhibitions and film screenings, publishing and issuing technical pamphlets, leaflets, folders, booklets, and books as well as the Institute's regular publications like the Annual Report, Research Highlights, and quarterly Fish Technology Newsletter, performing technical consultancies, running training programmes, observing National Days, setting up press releases, radio interviews, and so on.
The Division responds to the new age problems by solutions of digitisation and information technology. The division provides statistical solutions to research and development activities, and information technology for communication and technology assessment and refinement. 

Major Research Findings

Research Studies in Fisheries Extension

  • SMART EDP Module for livelihood security of small-scale fisherfolk through fish- preneurship
  • Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITKs) in marine fisheries sector of Kerala: Documentation and analysis
  • Impact analysis of S&T outputs of ICAR-CIFT on the socio-economic fabric of fisheries stakeholders
  • Dynamics of fish consumption with reference to emerging health, safety and quality issues.
  • Inclusion and popularisation of fish-based products for alleviating malnutrition among vulnerable population
  • Digital fish marketing ecosystem in India
  • Scale to measure attitude of fishers towards responsible fishing
  • Assessment of Extension System in the Marine Fisheries Sector of Kerala
  • Study on the entrepreneurship ecosystem in fisheries and the cybernetics of Women Initiated Enterprises in Fisheries (WIEF) in selected coastal states of India

Statistics & Economics

  • Studied occupational structure, labour productivity and labour migration in the fisheries sector
  • Economic evaluation of resource use efficiency and management of reservoir ecosystem
  • Assessed input and service delivery system for marine fisheries development in Kerala
  • Modelling studies for estimation of revenue-based capacity and valuation of selected fishing systems and fish supply chain analysis
  • Assessment of role and impact of Fisheries Co-operatives in enhancing the livelihood and resources management capabilities of fisherfolk in India
  • Informatics Tools developed - CIFT Lab Test - An information system on sample testing and analysis and CIFTraining- An information system on ICAR-CIFT training programme


Extension Services

  • Technology, assessment and refinement through KVKs under TSP/SCSP/NEH
  • Technology demonstration through various stakeholders under TSP/SCSP/NEH
  • Establishment of Custom hiring centres in selected KVKs
  • Interest group formation and handholding of entrepreneurs
  • Input and technical support to self-help groups and societies

Regular Training and HRD Programmes Conducted

  • ICAR- sponsored winter school
  • Training Programmes under Prime Minister Matsy Sampada Yojana/PMMSY
  • Training Programmes under scheduled caste sub plan (SCSP)

Training Programmes for Foreign Officials

  • Training Programmes under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC)
  • Training Programmes under Feed the Future India Triangular Training (FTF ITT)
  • Training Programmes under African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO)

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