National Productivity Week – 2017 at CIBA

The National Productivity Week – 2017, was celebrated at this Institute during 12th – 18th February 2017. The original theme of the celebration is “From Fish Waste to profits through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse”. As suitably suggested by the Director, ICAR-CIBA, Dr. K.K. Vijayan, the week was observed with the theme “From Fish Waste to profits through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse”.

Dr. B. Shanthi, Principal Scientist, Social Sciences Division (SSD) was nominated as the Nodal officer to organise and conduct the programmes of the celebration. A committee was also constituted comprised of Dr. K. Ambasankar, Principal Scientist & In-charge of Nutrition Group, CIBA, Dr.M. Kumaran, Principal Scientist, SSD, CIBA and Dr P. Mahalakshmi, Senior Scientist & OIC, AKMU, to formulate a Plan of Action for 2017-18, for improving the productivity of the institute.

The following programmes were organised at the institute under the National Productivity Week celebration.

(1) Campaign among the students
To create awareness among the Bachelor of Engineering students (75 Nos.) of Tagore Engineering College, Vandalur, Chennai, an Awareness Programme was organised on 13th February 2017. Dr. B. Shanthi, the Nodal officer delivered a guest lecture on how fish waste is being recycled and reused for fish meal and fish feed and how this serves as an entrepreneurship development activity in processing farm made fish feed by the coastal poor women and tribal people. This has created an awareness among the college students on the brackishwater fish productivity in the coastal villages, better utilization of fish waste for fish meal and fish feed manufacturing and processing of farm made fish feed in the farm model fish feed units installed in the villages, marketing and profit earned from fish feed sales by them.

(2) Committee meeting
A group discussion was held on 15th February 2017 in the forenoon at CIBA Head Quarters among the committee members constituted for formulating the Plan of Action 2017-18, for improving the productivity in the institute. The committee members discussed the themes on formulating the action plans for improving the productivity of the institute. The themes chosen for discussion included (1) Improvement in the research output (2) Improving the competency of scientific, technical and administrative personnel (3) Encouragement and recognition (4) Institute visibility (5) Inter personnel relationship among the institute staff. A similar group discussion was also held on 18th February 2017 at Kakdwip Research Centre of CIBA and the outcome specific to Kakadwip were, (1) initiated on fish waste utilization at KRC to produce cost effective feed with fish production improvement and (2) to communicated the technology to State Department time to time for their mass scale implementation at field level.

(3) Group Discussion
A group discussion was held on 15th February 2017 in the afternoon with the Heads and Section-in-Charges of the Divisions in CIBA and the Committee members to chalk out the Plan of Action for improving the productivity of the institute. A presentation was made highlighting the themes for discussion. Each theme was discussed one by one, in detail and plans suggested by the Heads/ SICs for their respective Division/Section were incorporated in the plan. The final Plan of Action was drafted combining the aspects drawn both at Head Quarters and KRC of the Institute and is enclosed herewith as Annexure-I (click here for Annexure-I ).

(4) Special Guest Lecture / talks
A special guest lecture was arranged on 16th February 2017 at Head Quarters in which Dr. B. Shanthi welcomed the gathering and briefed on the celebration of National Productivity Week – 2017 to the audience. Dr. C. Gopal, Director I/C, CIBA, inaugurated this programme.

Mr. F. Parthiban, Assistant Professor, Department of Fish Processing Technology, Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, Ponneri, delivered an informative guest lecture on "Fish waste utilization”, in which, he explained on different processing techniques used and different fish products developed from fish waste and their commercial value and use in different sectors, such as human medicine, food industry, cosmetics, etc. This was followed by experience sharing by Mr. Mahees Abu Buker, a dry fish trader in Chennai on dry fish processing and trading for domestic consumption and export. Finally, Mr. Davasami and Mrs. Davasami, the Irular tribal beneficiaries of CIBA from New Perungalathur, Chennai explained the fish feed processing and products developed using CIBA designed Farm Model Fish Feed Unit, installed by CIBA in their village. The Guest lecture and talks were followed by lively interaction among the participants of the event, i.e., the scientists, technical officers, other staff members and research students of CIBA.

(5) Training cum demonstration on the processing of “Fish silage”
A special training session was arranged to demonstrate the better use of fish waste in aquafeed preparation on 18th February 2017, in which lectures and practical demonstrations were conducted among the trainees on the use of “Fish silage” for aqua feed preparation.

Dr. K. Ambasankar, delivered a lecture and demonstrated on the processing of “Fish Silage” to the trainees. He explained that, “Fish Silage” is a liquid product made from fish or parts of fish and acid. The fish waste is used for the production of fishmeal which has a world market of considerable size. The chemical preservation by acid or bases either with or without hydrolysis can be done to derive the product known as “Fish Silage”. In the demonstration, the fish waste from various fish processing stalls were collected, macerated and converted into acid silage by subjecting into fermentation using organic acid. The known quantity of waste were weighed, macerated and transferred into a plastic container. The Propionic acid was added @ 2% of wet weight into the container and stirred in such a way that the acid would come and contact with all the waste materials. Periodic mixing was carried out at every two hours interval to ensure uniform fermentation. The silage was formed with a required pH of less than 4 within three days. This material can be mixed with other ingredient and used as animal as well as aqua feed ingredient.

Dr. B. Shanthi, delivered a lecture among the trainees on “Fish waste utilization, waste recycling and preparation of farm made fish feeds and marketing by coastal women self-help groups and tribal people”. The trainees were very interactive and got benefited from this programme.

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