Farm Gate Market for Organically-grown Fish Held
By Express News Service | Published: 21st April 2014 10:09 AM |
Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Ernakulam) of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on Saturday demonstrated farm gate markets for live-caught ‘karimeen’ (Pearlspot) and ‘thirutha’ (Mullet) grown organically in Pokkali fields at Kappu Padasekharam near Nayarambalam and Anjilithara Padasekharam near Kumbhalangi.
The demonstration markets were were inaugurated respectively by Vypeen MLA S Sarma and Kumbalanghi grama panchayath president Susan Joseph. P U Zakkariah, principal scientist, CMFRI, Shinoj Subramanian, programme coordinator, KVK and Vikas P A, subject matter specialist (fisheries) were the scientists behind the programme.
The field markets attracted hundreds of fish lovers from Kochi and nearby districts making the concept promising.
The objective of the programme conducted as part of the National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA), project of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), was to popularise the superior quality and taste of the fish harvested from Pokkaly fields and to create a brand name for it.
Shinoj Subramannian, programme coordinator, KVK said the paddy straw of the previous crop, the peaty soil and the saline water in the pokkaly eco-system together imparted a characteristic taste to the fish from pokkaly fields. This fish is currently being mixed up in the market with low quality fish from elsewhere.
The brand name and farm gate market for the pokkaly fish is to ensure safe-to-eat products for the consumers at a reasonable price while enhancing the income from pokkaly farming towards its sustainability, he said.
Earlier, KVK of CMFRI had successfully demonstrated integrated paddy-shrimp-cage fish culture in pokkaly fields at different parts of Ernakulam to augment income per unit area by utilising the vacant sluice pits (Thoombukuzhy) and channels in pokkaly fields.
All these efforts are towards rejuvenation of the unique pokkaly farming system practiced in the coastal areas of Ernakulam, Thrissur and Alappuzha districts where salinity and flood tolerant paddy is grown along with shrimp and fish as mutually compensating systems. Pokkaly paddy is a promising variety for future where salinity intrusion into freshwater systems is an issue due to climate change and associated sea water rising.