NAGAON, Aug 19: Kolong Kapili and College of Fisheries, AAU, Raha jointly organised a three day residential training programme on ‘Value Addition of Fish Products’ to the FPO members of Nagaon, East Karbi Anglong, Biswanath Chariali and Sonitpur from August 16, to 18 here at College of Fisheries, Raha with the support of SAFAL, GIZ, India.
In the event, over 40 progressive fish farmers from FPOs such as Janakalyan Producer Society, Nagaon, Dillai Fish Farmers Producer Company Limited, East Karbi Anglong, Sootea Farmer Producer Company Ltd, Biswanath and Naduar Min Palon Samabai Samitee Ltd, Sonitpur participated enthusiastically.
In the valedictory programme, Dr Ayub Ali, Dean (I/C),CoF, AAU, Raha; Dr Pranjyoti Sharma, Professor and HoD, Dept of FPT ; Dr K Kalita, Professor and HoD, Dept of Aquaculture ; Dr Pradip Chandra Bhuyan, HoD, Dept of FEES ; Dr Bipul Kumar Kakati, Asst Professor, dept of Fisheries Engineering ; Dr Sarifuddin Ahmed, professor, dept of FPT; Inam Akhtar Hussain, Asst Professor, Dept of FPT; Dr Nazrin Sultana Ahmed, asst professor, dept of FPT ; Ajimon Nissa, asst professor, dept of fisheries engineering and Jyotish Talukdar, director, Kolong-Kapili were present.
In his speech, Dr Ayub Ali, Dean, CoF, AAU, Raha(I/C) expressed his heartfelt gratitude and appreciation towards Kolong Kapili, GIZ, SAFAL and dept of fish processing technology for taking such a great initiative to train the local farmers on value added products including the advanced market linkages in this era. He conveyed the message about how vast is the scope for revolution of fish products in the future.
Jyotish Talukdar, director of Kolong-Kapili basically focused on value addition of fish products. He emphasised that value addition can be an alternative livelihood specially for the women and he also requested the women to focus in these activities which can take Assam ahead. He also requested all the stakeholders to develop a patent which will help the farmers in the near future.
Dr Pranjyoti Sharma, professor and HoD, Dept of FPT acknowledged the participants from different districts with his motivating words that College of Fisheries is willing to help all the farmers in every possible way to take the fisheries sector ahead. All the farmers can reach out to any department if they are in need of any help.
The training consisted of theory as well as practical sessions on concepts and benefits with market trends in value addition, FSSAI, quality aspects of pickle, fish sausages, marketing strategies, market linkages, fish ball and fish finger, packaging and the other related topics. Besides, as an inspiration a certificate on the completion of the programme was offered to each of the participants on the last day of the training programme, an official release stated here.