Free – High End Workshop (Karyashala) Business avenues in Fish Processing and Value addition – ICAR-CIFT

ICAR-CIFT is the only national institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research that is dedicated to research and extension activities in fisheries harvest and post harvest sectors. The impact of ICAR-CIFT on the development of fishing, seafood processing, seafood safety and quality control in India is well recognised. The Institute plays an important role in facilitating mechanisation and modernisation of fishing fleet and introduction of durable synthetic fishing gear materials and improved gear designs and practices in Indian fisheries.
The Institute has been instrumental in modernising the fish processing sector in the country and continues to support the industry through need based research and technology interventions viz., improved handling, chilling, freezing, thermal processing, improved methods of fish curing and drying, fish based value added products, fish waste utilisation and innovative packaging; sanitary and hygienic standards based on microbiological and biochemical quality parameters and HACCP.

The ICAR – Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (ICAR-CIFT) set up in 1957 is the only national center in the country where research in all disciplines relating to fishing and fish processing is undertaken. The institute started functioning at Cochin in 1957. Research centers function at Veraval (Gujarat), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and Mumbai (Maharashtra).

Activities and research programmes of the division are aimed at conducting research in the fields of fishing craft and gear materials, fishing gear technology, materials protection and pollution in coastal aquaculture environment, upgrade and maintain expertise within these fields and to disseminate proven technologies and expertise through publications, training and consultancy.

‘KARYASHALA’ is aimed to provide hands -on experience to the students primarily from universities, colleges, private academic institutions and newly established institutes in handling / troubleshooting of high end scientific instruments and such skill development on themes required for quality and cutting edge research work.

ICAR-CIFT has gained recognition for the production of bioactive and pharmaceutical compounds from aquatic resources and mangroves. The Institute has developed several instruments and machineries for meeting specific needs of fishing and fish processing sectors. Institute has been recognized as a prestigious National Referral Laboratory and National Reference Laboratory by the Government of India. ICAR-CIFT has received award for the best Institute thrice in the ICAR system.


PG / PhD pursuing students in any discipline of Fisheries, Food Technology, Food Science, Post Harvest Technology, Food Engineering, Agricultural Engineering / Packaging Technology or any other related subjects.


▪ To familiarize students with conventional and advanced fish processing and preservation methods.
▪ To develop hands-on skills in creating value-added fishery products to prepare students for business and entrepreneurial activities.
▪ To create awareness of various regulatory requirements for fishery products.
▪ To educate students on the packaging materials used for fishery products and their regulatory aspects.
▪ To inform students about different schemes available to support entrepreneurship activities.

▪ Business opportunities in fish processing and value addition with success stories
▪ Importance of fish for livelihood and nutritional security
▪ Low temperature preservation techniques for fish and shellfishes
▪ Specialty products from fish & shellfishes
▪ Start-up process and schemes of different financial institutions
▪ Packaging of fishery products & Regulations on food packaging and labelling
▪ Convenience Ready to eat fishery products
▪ Business opportunities in high value products from fishery waste
▪ Fish preservation by drying techniques
▪ Safety and quality requirements for fishery products for national and international markets
▪ Seaweeds: a new wave of opportunities


The participants will be reimbursed to and fro travel fares by shortest rail (sleeper)/ bus route as per SERB guidelines on the production of valid travel documents. Outstation participants will be provided free boarding and lodging at the institute’s hostel

  • VENUE: ICAR-CIFT, Matsyapuri P.O., Willingdon Island, Kochi – 682029, Kerala
  • Date – 23 – 31 JULY 2024
  • Only 25 students will be selected based on the merit / suitability of the Candidate
  • This programme is to support motivated PG & PhD level students, who are having a strong willingness to excel in the business related to fisheries value addition.

The application form duly signed by the Recommending Authority / Head of the Department has to be submitted on or before the last date. Only selected candidates will be informed by email/phone, therefore the candidates are required to provide active E-mail IDs and phone number (with whatsapp) while doing the online registration. The selected candidates will have to acknowledge and accept the offer for participating in the workshop through return
email or phone, failing which the waitlisted candidates may be called for the workshop

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