Kochi | Seeking to capitalise the huge demand for value-added fish products in the country, Kerala government will set up a fully mechanised manufacturing and processing facility with international standards to produce varieties of fish products.
Minister for Fisheries, Ports and Excise K Babu today said a detailed project report had been prepared and submitted to the National Fisheries Board. The new unit will increase the production capacity from 5 tonnes to 15 tonnes, he told reporters here after launching the new value-added dry fish product by Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation (KSCADC) under the brand name ‘Drish Kerala’.
Babu said the new initiative would provide employment opportunities to a large number of women fisher-folk in the coastal areas of the state. KSCADC Managing Director K Ampady said they would soon tie-up with distributors across the state to market the new products. We are first focusing the Kerala market and will scale up operations in other states, particularly in the north-east, in the due course of time, he said.
‘Drish Kerala’ products are varied types of fish which are dried and processed at the state-of-the-art facility of KSCADC in Shaktikulangara in Kollam district. Ampady said ‘Drish Kerala’ is a high-end quality product processed as per international standards.
The fresh fish procured directly from landing centres are cleaned and processed in modern fish processing plants. It’s hygienic, standardised and branded. The ready-to-cook products with optimum salt content and minimum water content are packed in multi-layered transparent pouches providing colour and odour retention, he pointed out.
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