Matsyafed, the Kerala State Co-operative Federation for Fisheries Development Ltd., was registered on 19th March 1984 as an Apex Federation of primary level welfare societies in the coastal fishery sector with the objective of ensuring the economic and social development of the fishermen community by implementing various schemes aimed at promoting the production, procurement, processing and marketing of fish and fish products. 

Our Mission

To improve the economic and social well-being of the the fishermen in Kerala through direct interventions in fish production, procurement and marketing.

Our Vision

Over the years, 'Matsyafed' has partnered with 'Kerala Fisherfolk ' to maintain a  productive and sustainable  fishing that is committed to the protection and replenishment of fishery resources.  Together, we have a created a record of innovation in investment, production, procurement and marketing. Our vision continues to be hand-holding the fisherfolk through a process of credit, technological innovations and capacity building, for a total community development by enabling them to wipe out the existing pockets of poverty and facilitating them to merge with the mainstream society.

Our Strategy

To achieve this mission and fulfill our vision, an integrated strategy has been charted which infringes on daily life of the fisherfolk and ensures their total development step by step. 

  • To enhance the producer control over the fishing inputs by providing them with cheap institutional credit 
  • To ensure right of first sale of fish to the producer fishermen (to check exploitation by auctioneers)
  • To ensure the supply of quality fishing equipments at reasonable rate
  • To procure and market fish and fish related products of traditional fishermen 
  • To train and equip the fisherfolk in latest technologies of fishing, fish handling, fish processing and marketing for developing a sustainable fishery
  • To develop tools and capabilities of the affiliated primary members to improve the overall productivity and quality of life of fisherfolk
  • To enhance the supply of financial instruments through direct and indirect linkages with the leading financial institutions
  • To enhance the production of fish and prawn seeds for replenishment of existing resources and ensuring sustainable fishery
  • To provide fuel (kerosene & diesel) for fishing purposes, directly, to weed out intevention of middlemen
  • To provide Interest-free loan to fisherwomen vendors to curb informal credit mechanisms in the sector.