Integrated Fisheries Project (IFP)

i. Introduction

Established as Indo Norwegian Project during 1952 this was renamed as Integrated Fisheries Project (IFP) in 1972. The Project is engaged in the development of technologies for harvesting and post-harvesting of marine fish resources. It has a well established Fishery complex consisting of a fishing fleet, a modern mechanical workshop and Slipway to slip vessels up to a displacement weight of 250 tonnes, an Ice cum freezing Plant, a well equipped processing unit for processing and marketing of diversified value added fish products, a research and development laboratory to carry out quality analysis of raw fish, finished products handled by the Project and testing and developing suitable packages for different value added products and Life Raft Servicing Station. The Institute has a unit at Vizag also.

ii. Mandate of the Project

a) Technology development and transfer to beneficiaries consisting of rural fishermen community, small scale industries and export processing houses through consultancy and job work.
b) Value added product development by way of process and product diversification from all varieties of fish including low value and unconventional species.
c) Imparting training in the field of Post Harvest Technology, Refrigeration Technology, Quality control and Value added Products.
d) Providing consultancy and training for rural development programmes like supporting local fish farmers, self-help groups of fisher community and fishermen’s co-operative societies functioning and Panchayati Raj Institutions. And also to Women empowerment programmes in processing and establishment of SSI units to self help groups.
e) Popularization and test marketing of value added products from all fish varieties including low value and unconventional species.
f) Extension of the popularization and test marketing of value added products to new areas and developing market in all states in a phased manner with added attention to rural areas enthusing entrepreneurs to enter into seafood processing industry.
g) Function as a nodal agency on all matters associated with quality assurance, standardization of fish products and safety of fish products.