Fisheries sector plays a significant role in the Indian and Tamil Nadu economy. The fishery sector has transferred from traditional activities into commercial enterprises. The main objectives of this paper are to examine the effects on effects on post-harvest infrastructure facilities in fisheries sector in Tamil Nadu and policy analysis in the state. In the matter of development of post-harvest infrastructure showed establishing ice plants, cold storage, freezing/chill plants in Tamil Nadu. The ice plants and cold storages were put through States funds to ensure the availability of ice to fishermen to preserve the quality of harvested fish. The cold storages were provided to keep the excess quantity of fish for being marketed in the next few days. In spite of these initiatives, the post-harvest losses in the State is around 15 percent, which bring forth the fact that post-harvest infrastructures were intended for export markets only. The existing condition of fish landing centres/fish landing platforms in the fishing harbours, auction halls and the fish markets (both wholesale/retail) all need improvement in terms of quality standards. These warrant that the Government focuses their policy initiatives in strengthening and improving post-harvest infrastructures in the State. The foremost requirement is improving the hygienic conditions of the fish landing platforms, Auction halls with required adequate washing and drainage facilities. The cold storage and ice crushing facilities also need be established with in the fishing harbours complexes to avoid post-harvest fish losses.
Keywords: Fisheries sector, Infrastrucure, Post-harvest