In a transfer to create a market opportunities for fishing community, the Kochi headquarters based Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has started a ‘Live Fish Counter’ at its campus providing customers high quality seafood farmed in cages.
The facility is aimed toward supporting the cage fish farmers who work hard to achieve to customers owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. The counter is promoting varieties such as sea bass, red snapper, pearl spot and tilapia live on all working days.
The facility is supposed for the cage fish farming farmers who get the technical help from CMFRI’s Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) and K V K, based out of Ernakulam.
The Principal Scientist and Manager of ATIC, V.P. Vipinkumar, sated that “Fish farmers find it difficult to sell their farmed fish produce as it is disrupted by the Covid- 19 lockdowns. Depending on middlemen, led them to shell out about 35% of their profit. Since the produces are highly perishable in nature they have to sell soon after the harvest for their daily need survival.
The selling counter facility given at CMFRI are tanks equipped with sufficient oxygen supply that help to hold seafood fresh for long time to market”.
CMFRI additionally goals to promote a trade culture of promoting fish live, which has immense scope in city areas these days. The sector shall be benefitted by diversifying the trade and marketing to draw customers, he stated.
A Farm Shoppe which presents contemporary, hygienic and packed food products, together with vegetables can also be functional along with a farm store where numerous seeds, plants and organic manure amongst many different varieties exclusively for farmers can be found.
Quality-ensured branded food products immediately procured from farmers, farmer collectives and self-help groups, together with the items such as cut greens, fruits, pokkali rice, naati (country) eggs, cooking oil, pulses, spices, dairy products, and so forth can be found on the Farm Shoppe.