29th April 2017, Cochin
A week-long celebration (24-28 April, 2017) of the Diamond Jubilee Foundation Day celebration of ICAR-CIFT, concluded here today.
Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala, Chief Guest of the event appreciated the work of ICAR-CIFT in the field of fishing and fisheries technologies. Expressing his concern over the decreasing trend in fish consumption pattern due to the presence of chemicals and antibiotics in fish, he suggested to ensure healthy and clean environment throughout the fish supply chain; as a part of Haritha Clean Kerala Mission.
On this occasion, Chief Minister also released the brand logo of ICAR-CIFT named ‘ciftec’ for popularization of ICAR-CIFT products under unique brand name.
Presiding over the function, Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma, Minister of Fisheries, Harbour Engineering and Cashew Industry, Govt. of Kerala quoted the role of CIFT in modernizing the fisheries sector with the state-of art facilities like NABL accredited laboratories and FSSAI approved national level referral laboratory for fish and fish products.
Adv. V.S. Sunil Kumar, Minister for Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala, Guest of Honour stressed that the technologies developed by CIFT and other similar institutions should reach to the fisher folks i.e., end users by developing liaison with line departments to harness the research outcomes for the development of Kerala.
Smt. Soumini Jain, Worshipful Mayor of Cochin, said about the recent increasing pollution in the water bodies of Kerala and their effect on fishing and fisheries related aspects.
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra , Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) in his keynote address strongly urged the scientists to reorient the research priorities towards climate change, emerging fish diseases, fish contaminations etc. to realize the clarion call of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for bringing a Blue revolution in the country. In this context, he emphasized on fish-preneurship development to create more employment opportunities.
Shri. Hibi Eden, MLA pinpointed the issue of juvenile fishing and appreciated the effort put by ICAR-CIFT in reducing the same through prescribing the minimum legal size.
Shri. K. J. Maxy, MLA highlighted the diminishing fish catch and their consequences on the seafood export units.
Dr. Adeena Abdulla, IAS, Sub-Collector, Ernakulam urged for more ICAR institutes in Kerala for the development of agricultural and allied sectors.
Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-CIFT, Cochin said that right from its establishment on 29th April 1957; ICAR-CIFT has made commendable contributions in the realm of Indian fishery sector spreading over a period 60 years which reflected a perfect blend of knowledge and contemporary scientific achievements in the harvest and post-harvest sectors of fisheries.
During the function, a number of ICAR-CIFT publications, Pictorial Memoir and Souvenir were also released.
Directors of ICAR institutes, officials of State Agricultural Universities attended the event.
(Source:ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin)