TINSUKIA: As a start-up unit, a value added fish processing plant has been installed at Guijan near Tinsukia and a three-day capacity building programmes on value added fish product preparation was also organized by ICAR-Central Institute of fisheries Education, Mumbai in collaboration with Jeeva Suraksha, Sivasagar and Directorate of Extension Education, Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahati that ended on Wednesday.
The programme was organized to impart hands-on training on hygienic handling of fish and preparation of different value-added fish products. Preparation of value-added fish products like fish pickle, fish chukli, fish sev, fish cutlet and dried fish snacks were demonstrated during the training programme. Over 80 participants of marginalized groups and background were benefitted from this training module and were given opportunity to prepare the fish products individually.
This facility has been established by ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE), Mumbai under the financial scheme for North East Hilly region (NEH-Sub-Plan) in collaboration with Directorate of Extension Education, Assam Agricultural University and Jeeva Suraksha, Sivasagar, Assam.
Inaugurating the maiden project executed for the first time in Assam on Monday, Chabua MLA Punakon Baruah said that traditional preparation of dry fish had been practiced by the people of Assam since ages but scientific preservation and marketing of indigenous fishes was completely a new concept. He expected that the women and SHGs who participated in the training programme would facilitate their empowerment and commercial production would start soon.
The inaugural programme was attended by Sarfraz Haque, ADC Tinsukia, Prof (retd) SP Biswas of Dibrugarh University, Pranab Sarma, Fisheries Development Officer, Tinsukia, besides other dignitaries. Dr Amjed Balange, Senior Scientist, and Dr Abinash Dubey, Technical Officer from CIFE, Mumbai, were present and they later acted as resource persons.