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Chilika fish to be available fresh in city from today

Staff Reporter

BHUBANESWAR: Good news for Bhubaneswarites who enjoy dishes of fish or prawn. Fresh Chilika Lake fishes will be available for the first time in the Capital City from Friday.

A Central Co-operative Society which has been constituted to strengthen the Primary Fishermen Co-operative societies of Chilika Lake, is all set to start an outlet at BMC market Badagada Bhubaneswar.

“Lake fresh Chilika fish would be brought from the fishermen by maintaining the cold chain. To maintain the cold chain the fishermen have been provided with insulated fish box which can hold the fish fresh for more than 24 hours,” said Ajit Pattnaik, Chief Executive of Chilika Development Authority (CDA), here on Thursday.

He said 1,500 insulated boxes had already been provided to the fishermen.

This effort would help the fishers in getting the legitimate price of their fishery produce.

Previously, lake fishes or prawns were available in half-decomposed state.

Mr. Pattnaik said the Department of Fisheries and Animal Husbandry had provided a share capital to the Central society for strengthening the Primary fishermen Co-operative Society of Chilika.

The CDA Chief Executive said primary fishermen cooperative societies had been lying almost debt-ridden. With the fresh capital being infused in them, these societies were on path of resurrection.

“Earlier middlemen used to purchase the fish produces by paying pre-determined price and without proper weighment. But after intervention, fishermen could be able to land their fish stock directly in the market.

Jayantipur primary fishery cooperative has managed to pay back Rs. 4 lakh of Rs. 7 lakh money paid to it within three months,” Mr. Pattnaik said.

The FISHCOFED, New Delhi which would carry fish from directly from the lake by maintaining cold-chain has signed an agreement with fishers that latter would take follow good practice for catching fishes.

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