Agriculture Minister Badal visits Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) Kochi, assures to use advanced technology in field of fisheries

Ranchi: Under the leadership of Agriculture Minister Badal, the team that went on the Kerala tour is continuously visiting different agricultural institutes to implement new techniques of agriculture in Jharkhand. The Minister along with Secretary Abu Bakar Siddiqui and departmental officials, visited the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Kochi, Kerala, where technical and educational arrangements related to agriculture, fisheries were discussed.

Agriculture Minister later said that work has been done at many levels in the field of agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries in the state of Kerala, in which technical inclusion is an important part. It is our effort to implement the excellent agriculture policy and technology of Kerala state in Jharkhand.

The director of the institute discussed in detail with the minister about the fisheries resources of Jharkhand and the needs of the state accordingly. There was a discussion about providing techniques related to how to catch fish from abandoned mines and reservoirs located in the state to the scientists there.

During the discussion, the Minister said he will be sending his team to the state, after collecting the detailed survey and information of Jalkar to look into the design of the boat and net according to the requirement of the state, so that people associated with fish-catching and fishing business will get maximum benefit. In the state of Jharkhand, cage culture is being done on a large scale. 

Badal said that the newly designed motor boat powered by solar power by the institute can also prove to be a milestone in the interest of the state, in fishing and tourism, as well as the aluminum boat and rubber boat designed by the institute will also prove useful for hunting fish in the reservoirs.

A detailed discussion was also held on the marketing strategy of pangasius and monosex tilapia being produced in cages in the state and how maximum benefits can be given to fish producers by adding value to the fish produced in cages. In this regard, the institute was invited to develop value-added products according to the taste of the people of Jharkhand.

For the Hygienic Fish Market located in Dhurva Ranchi in the state, discussion was also held on providing technology by the minister for the sale of fish in hygienic conditions and proper execution of fish waste products, on which the scientists of the institute told that

The institute has developed a refrigerated box for the sale of fish in hygienic condition at a cost of only Rs 65,000, in which fish can be sold properly, as well as the usefulness of the equipment for removing fish scales (Choita) is also discussed. There was talk about the technique of using those waste products as a fish mill. 

With regard to strengthening the state-run Jhascofish, the minister requested the director of the institute to prepare a work plan to make Jhascofish self-dependent, on which the director told that very soon a team would be sent to study it and after that the Minister will be informed about the action taken in this direction. 

Badal also talked to the Director of the Institute about the enhancement of knowledge of the students studying fisheries science of the state through the new experiments being done in the fisheries engineering and fisheries processing of Gumla, the only fisheries college of the state run by the state government, on which Labs based on different types of standard parameters were visited by the institute and scientists were also invited to prepare a work plan for strengthening the College of Fisheries Science Gumla according to their expertise.

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