A local from Imphal in Manipur, Maibam Deben Singh has developed a device that uses charcoal and paddy husk to dry fish uniformly and then cook it. This new method of cooking fish takes a lesser amount of time than the traditional sun-drying method.
Maibam said, ‘The device dries fish in lesser time as compared to the traditional sun-drying method. I have sold the design of the device to the National Innovative Foundation.’ ‘I dream of setting up a small production unit-cum-training center so that I can give employment to more jobless youths. So far, I am running my business without any loan or grant from the government,’ he said.
Recalling how he developed the device, he said that one of his sisters was suffering from cancer. Traditionally ailing persons are given smoked fish as a source of proteins. He thought that smoked fish may further aggravate the deteriorating health of his sister. It was then, he thought of an efficient dryer and a low emission biomass stove.
Without bringing it in the knowledge of his family members he kept on developing the prototype at a secluded place. There were technical glitches like designing the inner chamber.
However, with hard work and perseverance, he finally completed his work and came up with this device. The dryer uses charcoal and paddy husk as fuel. The 67-year-old innovator has studied till Class VIII and was a jeep driver. He worked at a workshop as a mechanic before he started his innovative venture of making fish dryer machine. Presently, Singh is making various products under a registered firm ‘Kangleipak Fish Dryer.’