SFDC eyes World Food India to tap potential for investment in fisheries
Kolkata: The State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) is eyeing the three-day World Food India at New Delhi to tap the potential for investment in the fisheries sector. Bengal has been selected as one of the focus states in World Food India which will be held from November 3 to 5.
"The Business session is scheduled to be held on November 4 where we will enter into a tie-up with Jharkhand government on aquaculture.
They have shown interest in our prawn varieties like Golda, Bagda, Venami and are wanting to market two fish varieties Basa and Monosex Tilapia through Bengal," Soumyajit Das, Managing Director of SFDC
who has been selected as the nodal officer on the part of the state government for the Delhi event.
The Basa variety of fish processed by SFDC has been in huge demand at more than a dozen restaurants and food delivery chains in the state. Apart from business tie-up with Jharkhand, there is possibility of another tie-up with Italy at the business session. As many as 121 countries are participating in the event.
The stall at the food court that will be put by SFDC will be of international standard. As many as 22 types of frozen fish and ready to fry items of fish like fish fry, fish finger, fish chop including six variations of dried fish (popularly known as Sutki ) will also be part of the menu list.
A good number of countries of the Middle-East, Australia and Japan have evinced interest in import of frozen fish from our state. The business to business (B2B) and business to customer (B2C) will be utilised to tap the enormous business potential in this sector.
"Two new snack items in the form of fish pickle and fish chanachur will be introduced during the event which will be gradually expanded to all our fish outlets in the state," Das added.
The event at Vigyan Bhavan will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 3, while the valedictory session on November 5 will be addressed by former President of India Pranab Mukherjee. Bengal will host an exhibition of processed food with the involvement of the state Agriculture department, Agri Marketing department, Food Processing & Horticulture department, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries department.
SFDC has decided to tie-up with Bengali associations in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Pune to set up 'All Fish' restaurants, that will serve both ready-to-eat fish preparations and frozen and dressed fish items for home takeaways.