This programme is developed with financial support of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India. The fisheries sector makes an important contribution to the national economy of a developing country like India. Apart from providing food and employment to thousands of rural people, it also helps us earn the much needed foreign exchange. India has now emerged as one of the largest producers of fish in the world. The increase in demand for fish has also led to modernization of fish capture techniques. Since fresh fish can get spoiled very quickly the development of technology for post-harvest preservation and methodology to convert fish to value added products have also become popular in recent times. Value addition helps in getting high price for the fishery products. The time has come, that the fish processing companies have to improve their production and product diversification by employing managerial skills and latest technological innovations to enhance their productivity to become globally competitive. This calls for capacity building in the fisheries sector especially at the supervisory / managerial levels. This diploma course will help to develop and strengthen human resources who have the basic knowledge and technical proficiency in post-harvest management, processing, value addition, quality control and marketing of fish and fishery products. The human resource developed will also be able to start their own entrepreneurship and thus become partners in the overall development of the country. This aims to develop competent human resource in the field of post-harvest management of Fish and production of value added products from them. It intends to inculcate vocational and entrepreneurial skills to widen employment opportunities, particularly among rural youth and the disadvantaged sections of the society as well as self-employment. It seeks to address the workforce requirements of the food processing industries and focuses on upgrading the knowledge and skills of existing workers in the Fish Processing sector. The programme also caters to trained manpower requirements of the food processors, skilled workers / technicians in the food processing industries, NGO functionaries/ trainers, entrepreneurs, post-harvest/ food processing departments of the states/ central, rural educators, farmers, quality control implementation agencies etc.
The main objective of the programme is to: