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Fisheries College gets three projects

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TUTICORIN, FEB.22. The Fisheries College and Research Institute here has received three projects, worth Rs.29.99 lakhs, to conduct researches on fishery products, produce triploid Asian catfishes and prepare ready-to-eat seafood products.

According to the Dean, Santhanam, the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, has sanctioned a research project - `Establishment, training, production and marketing of value-added fishery product for fisherwomen of Punnakayal' - to the FCRI, with a budget of Rs.11.78 lakhs to train Punnakayal fisherwomen in the development of new value-added fishery products, besides enhancing their socio-economic status.

K. Rathnakumar, Associate Professor in the Department of Fish Processing Technology, will be the principal investigator of the project.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, New Delhi, has sanctioned a project - `Anti-bacterial effect of food species and their essential oils against pathogenic micro-organisms associated with vacuum packaged fish' - with a budget of Rs. 9.93 lakhs.

Researches will be carried out to prepare ready-to-eat seafood products using food spices and determine their shelf life.

The Indian Council for Agricultural Research, New Delhi, has sanctioned a project - `Technology development for the production of Monosex and triploid catfish Clarias batrachus, using chromosome manipulation techniques' - with a budget of Rs.8.28 lakhs, Mr. Santhanam said.

Young Scientist Award

R. Jaya Shakila, Assistant Professor, Department of Fish Processing Technology, FCRI, has received the Young Scientist Award, sponsored by a Mumbai-based Dr. Hiralal Chaudhuri Fisheries Foundation, Central Institute of Fisheries Education, for the 2003 for her contributions to fish processing technology. This award carries a cash prize of Rs.5,000 and a citation.

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