A two-day workshop on De-boning of carp fish and preparation of value-added products in collaboration with Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT),Kochi,was inaugurated by Dr SS Ayyapan,DDG (Fisheries),Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR),New Delhi,at the College of Fisheries,Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University here today.
Twenty five farmers from different districts had registered for the workshop. Dr SS Aayyapan,while interacting with the participants said that although carp fish contributed more than 80% to the aquaculture production of the country but it fetched low market price due to intramuscular bones as compared to catfish and prawn having less or no intramuscular bones. Hence,de-boning and value addition of these fish will not only help in increasing local consumption of fish in the state but also enhance profitability of the farmers significantly. Dr VK Taneja,vice- chancellor,GADVASU,presided over the function and encouraged the farmers to take up post-harvest processing and value-addition of carp fish on commercial scale.
He said that presently with highest productivity in the country (6.04 t/ha/yr),fish production in Punjab has grown manifolds in last three decades but still had further scope of expansion both vertically and horizontally. Fish is high value protein diet for growing children and de-boning of carp flesh will help in higher consumption of fish among them. The fish products are also very beneficial for old-age persons due to tenderness and easy digestion of its flesh,he added. He also advised the farmers to adopt new technologies and methods for uplifting the profession and new techniques for marketing of their produce.
Dr Kamaldeep Kaur,Dean,College of Fisheries,revealed that production of value-added products from carp fish would open new marketing avenues for the farmers and university would organise training programmes in processing and value addition for educating the farmers.