TN Govt signs MoU with Tata group to set up FITT Centre

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Chennai, Sep 2 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu Government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Tata Group to set-up a Fisheries Institute of Technology and Training (FITT) Centre.

The MoU was signed by Fisheries Department Principal Secretary Leena Nair and Tata Group Executive Krishnakumar in the presence of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi at the State Secretariat, an official release here said.

Under the MoU, Tatas, as technology partner, would rope in Indian and foreign experts in deep-sea fishing to design a framework of best practices to be followed at the FITT Centre in the areas of fishing, fish processing and means of growing sea-fish in large numbers.

To improve the quality of fish catch, Tatas would set up hatcheries and produce fish food at the FITT Centre, which would also process the fish and help its sale in commercial market.

Tata group would bear the initial expenditure like the building rent for six months, vehicle and miscellaneous cost, the investment required to procure foreign technology from experts and the training to be provided by Indian experts to local fishermen for best practices.

The entire assets created by Tatas would be handed over to the Government once the FITT Centre begins operation.

FITT would become an integrated centre for training fishermen in coordination with the Fisheries Department and the Tatas, the promoters.

Moreover, FITT would take proactive measures to improve the infrastructure at landing platforms, harbours and processing centres for the benefit of fishermen in the State.

Meanwhile, the Government had allotted 1.6 hectare land at Muttukaadu in Kancheepuram District for setting up the FITT headquarters. Regional offices of FITT would also be set up in coastal districts.

Mr Karunanidhi presented a cheque for Rs one crore to Ms Leena Nair, who is also the FITT Chairman for meeting the initial expenses of the modern training centre, the release added.

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