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Fisheries department hosts annual fish fair

IMPHAL, November 4: The production of fish this year by the fisheries department has increased from last year’s production of 53 thousand metric tons, said Fisheries department director, K Saratkumar today during the fish fair-cum-fish crop competition held at the Hapta Kangjeibung.

He continued that the target production from the several fish farmers was 65 thousand metric ton as compared to last year’s 53 thousand metric ton.

Altogether 100 fish farmers were present in the fair, he said.

As for the competition, the first prize winner will get Rs 60000 while the second and third prize winners will get Rs 40000 and Rs 30000 respectively.

He said 25 fish farmers will also get consolation prizes of Rs 5000 each.

There are two incentive prizes for cultivation of indigenous fish Pengba and Ngaton of Rs. 15,000/- each, said K Sharatkumar.

What is interesting is that, unlike in the past years, this year, several rare and indigenous fish like Ngaton, Pengba, Khabak and Ukabi varities are produced in large scale. Addressing to the function as chief guest of the function, I Hemochandra minister PHE, said that our community has been using fish since ancient period; and added fish consumption has always been in our food habits.

It can be said that it is consumed on every occasion regardless of whether one is poor or rich, he said.

He further appealed to the fish farmers to target for more production to meet the state’s annual requirement of fish.

He further observed the need for a discussion between the experts and the farmers to exchange ideas on ways to make up for the shortage of fish and stop the import of huge amount of fish from the outside.

In the function, I Hemochandra Minister PHED, Md Abdul Nasir Minister Agri & fisheries and Y Jogindro Commissioner of Fisheries department were present as chief guest, president and guest of honor of the function respectively.

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