A Preliminary Study on Community Based Traditional Fish Drying Activities of Important Marine Fishes: Ganjam Coast, Odisha and Improved Scenario using Modern Technique

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Year:
2014
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
Traditional Dry Fish, Infection, Quality Loss, Contamination, Marine Fish, Modern Solar Fish Drying Unit
Authors:
Behera Subrat Kumar; Rajkishore Mohanta
Journal:
IJRIES
Volume:
1
Number:
1
Pages:
1-5
Month:
Sep.- Oct.
ISSN:
2394-1375
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Abstract:
Study was conducted to evaluate the present status of traditional fish drying practices of commercially important marine fishes in the coastal region of Ganjam district, Odisha which is one among the major dry fish producer district of Odisha. A survey was made on the source of raw materials, handling, transportation, processing aspects of fish using questionnaires through interviews among the people involved in process along the coastal villages of Ganjam districts, Odisha. Survey was also made in wholesale dry fish market area, Humma. Both quantitative and qualitative losses occur in raw materials due to spoilage. Considerable post harvest losses also occur in fish before and after drying due to insect attack and contamination which amounts to about 10-30% of the total catch. In most cases the fishes which are not sold as fresh in the market are used as raw materials of the dried products. The dried products contaminated with moulds and fungus is common in the retail and wholesale markets in Humma dried fish markets. Implementation of the Dry platform, solar dry platform and better storage units for stocking of dry fish was implemented by various departments of Odisha along Ganjam coast.