Imphal (DIPR): Annual Fish Fair cum Fish Crop Competition was held at Hapta Kangjeibung, Palace Compound in Imphal West on Wednesday. The programme organised by the Department of Fishery was held in connection with Ningol Chakkouba, which falls on October 27.
Speaking on the occasion, Fisheries Minister Heikham Dingo Singh said that the Fishery Department has been playing a big role in providing the staple diet sufficiently in the State. He said that out of the 52,000 MT of required fish for consumption, the department has enabled to produce 32,000 MT in the year 2019. He said that the government has been focusing on production of fishes in consultation with experts from other parts of the country. The government will be able to produce 50,000 MT at present, he added.
The Minister said that the pilot project under the initiative of Chief Minister to produce Meitei Sareng has been a success. The department has enabled to produce Sareng weighing 3.5 kg which has been reared from previous year. This year due to problems faced in procurement of fingerlings, Sareng weighing above 1 kg has been produced mainly for the fair, he added.
Maintaining that the fish fair is organised only at the time of Ningol Chakkouba festival, the Minister disclosed that the department will make arrangements to organise fish fair during Emoinu Eratpa also.
The Minister further said that for making (fermented fish); the department is targeting to increase the yield of locally available phabounga instead of procuring fishes from other States of the country.
Minister Dingo appealed to all stakeholders to extend support and cooperate with the Fishery Department to increase fish yield in the State. He also appealed to fishermen to refrain from malpractices while catching fish.
H. Balkrisna Singh, Director of Fisheries said that the fair is organised by the department for the 44th time comprising 115 stalls with 200 fish farmers participating. He said that 28 cash rewards will be handed to the winners of the Fish Crop Competition. He added that the department targeted to produce 1,00,000 kg of indigenous fishes for the fair. For the first time, more than 3000 kg of locally produced fresh Sareng has been put up for sale in the fair this year, he informed.
Kongkham Robindro Singh, Chairman MANIDCO; MLA Sanasam Premchandra Singh, officials of the Fishery Department from all the districts and fish farmers attended the programme among others.