KFDC to launch first AC retail fish outlet in City tomorrow

KFDC to launch first AC retail fish outlet in City tomorrow

Addressing a press meet here on Friday, KFDC President Ramachandra Baikampady said that the kiosk would have state-of-the-art facilities for selling frozen sea fish, fresh water fish, value added fish products, ornamental fish, aquarium and accessories in a hygienic condition.

This outlet is air conditioned and is equipped with modern equipment like serve over counters, display deep freezer, cooler and flake ice machines. These equipment are provided by Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Cochin. A fish dressing/cutting section is also created for the benefit of the public. An attempt will be made to provide dressed and condiment incorporated fishes to the people. In aquarium section, different imported and Indian aquariums, bowls, aquarium accessories, fish feed and different species of aquarium fishes will be made available. At the same time, Corporation is using biodegradable plastic as a part of environmental friendly packaging.
The fish outlet will be inaugurated by Fisheries Minister Anand V Asnotikar, while District-in-Charge Minister Krishna Palemar will inaugurate the aquarium fish outlet.

Fish processing units

Baikampady said a fish processing unit will come up in the new building of KFDC in Hoige Bazar. The unit will provide permanent employment to around 350 women.

Fish outlets

The Corporation has already started mobile sales at Tumkur and is in the process of establishing an integrated fish kiosk at Tumkur. An integrated fish outlet at Kohinoor road in Madikeri has been a successful venture. The work on integrated fish retail outlet at Vinobha Nagara, Shimoga is in progress and will be commissioned by the month end. The site has been finalised at Mysore, Chitradurga, Thirthahalli, Puttur and Sullia for establishing integrated fish retail outlets.

The existing fish canteen at Cubbon Park and at government aquarium premises will be renovated soon. A proposal of Rs 1 crore project has been sent for approval. Moreover, a storage facility will also be set up in Bangalore.

KFDC MD V K Shetty said that the department has to complete 50 kiosks in three years. “However, we are facing the problem of sites in some places. In some places, we are purchasing the site from private firms.”

Ice plants

Shetty said KFDC has already started two ice plants with the storage capacity of 30 tonne each in Mangalore. Two more ice plants with storage capacity of 20 tonne each is coming up at Malpe. The construction of ice plant in Gangolli is under progress. Ice plant will also be set up in Bhatkal, Honnavar and Karwar.

Around 500 people have been trained in aquarium fish rearing in Bangalore rural.