National Conference ‘VALUE FISH 2014’ Organized

15th March 2014, Veraval

Zonal Technology Management–Business Planning & Development (ZTM-BPD) Unit of Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) organized a two-day national conference on ‘Emerging Safety and Technological Issues in Seafood Industry’ (‘VALUE FISH–2014’) during 14-15th March, 2014 at CIFT-Research Centre, Veraval, Gujarat. The event was organized in association with National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad and Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore.

Dr. K. Radhakrishna, Additional Director, Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) inaugurated the conference. He said that fish plays an important role in ensuring the nutritional security of the country. Dr. Radhakrishna appreciated the role of CIFT in promoting responsible and sustainable harvest and post-harvest technologies in fisheries sector by conducting basic, strategic and applied research.

Dr. T.K. Srinivasa Gopal, Director, CIFT, Cochin presided over the function. In his address, he emphasized upon the development of new possibilities for more value added products longer with shelf-life, and more secure distribution of fresh food. He also mentioned that National Conference, ‘Value Fish-2014’ will provide an excellent opportunity to interact, network, and exchange information, ideas and business opportunities among scientists, fishery entrepreneurs and state machinery.

Dr. C.K. Murthy, Executive Director, NFDB, Hyderabad; Dr. A.Y. Desai, Dean College of Fisheries, Veraval; and Shri Lakhambhai Bhensla, President, Seafood Exporters Association of India, Gujarat Chapter also graced the inaugural function.

Earlier, Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Principal Scientist and Head, Fish Processing Division, CIFT welcomed the participants.

The Technical sessions covered topics like advances in fish processing technology, safety and regulatory issues in Seafood Industry, industry reflections, role of developmental agencies. Interactive sessions on future needs on capacity building/ EDP, infrastructure including incubation centers, regulations and Interventions from research and developmental agencies followed the technical sessions.

The event was organised to identify the emerging technological trends in seafood industry, and also for realising the challenges in international and national trade, and in meeting consumer expectations.

Representatives from seafood industry, officials from state fisheries departments, scientists and professors from State Agriculture Universities, different research organizations and KVKs participated in the conference.

Dr. Rajendra Badonia, Scientist-in-Charge, CIFT Research Centre, Veraval proposed the Vote of thanks.

(Source: NAIP-Mass Media Project, DKMA with inputs from CIFT- RC, Veraval and consortium partner DMAPR, Anand)