The Central Institute of Fisheries Technology was set up in 1957 following the recommendations of a high power committee constituted by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Government of India. The Institute is the only national centre in the country where research in all disciplines relating to fishing and fish processing is undertaken. Research centres function at Veraval (Gujarat), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and  Mumbai (Maharashtra).

In an information age, the role of appropriate information package and its dissemination are equally important. It is not enough to generate information but also to see that the required information is delivered to the end users at the earliest and with least dissemination loss. There is a great need for co-ordination between the researchers and technology users. A better integration is needed to be achieved by having a formal management mechanism between scientists and department in-charges of different disciplines but engaged in interdependent tasks on one hand and technology users on the other. This linkage mechanism should be with formal, permanent, mandated, facilitated and designated functions. The establishment of Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) will provide such mechanism, beyond individual units of research institutions in contributing towards the dissemination of information. This will serve as a single window system with an objective to help both the farmers and stakeholders to provide solution to their problems and make available all technological information along with technology products for their testing and use.

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