SEWA-Kerala eases the life of fisherwomen in Ernakulum

Women in the Fishery Sector are afflicted by a lot many bottlenecks like unhygienic market conditions, apathy towards the sector in general and women in particular, cut-throat competition, and inability to keep their produce dry and fresh, etc. Women in the Fishery Sector are afflicted by a lot many bottlenecks like unhygienic market conditions, apathy towards the sector in general and women in particular, cut-throat competition, and inability to keep their produce dry and fresh, etc.

SEWA-Kerala has been lobbying on their behalf with government authorities and thanks to their relentless efforts, two initiatives have been introduced.

1. A group of 10 fisherwomen of Pookkad Village-Ernakulum District have been gifted a fish drier by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT). This machine is ideal for drying fish, fruits, vegetables, spices and agro-products.

Some of the benefits which the fish drier will serve are:

  • Hygienic drying without changing the colour and flavour of the product
  • Reduction in drying time with improved product quality
  • Improved shelf life and value addition of the product which will in turn fetch higher income for the fisher folk
  • Cutback in labour requirement
  • Elimination of re-handling processes like spreading, sorting and storing

The best part is that in the pipeline are two more fish driers from CIFT.

2. Yet another piece of good news for the fishery sector in Kerala is the inclusion of Fish Processing Units by the District Panchayat which will make them eligible for receipt of ice boxes and fish driers.

Every small step counts in the Fisheries Sector!