Imphal: Fishery minister S. Rajen Singh has released more than four lakh fish fingerings into Loktak lake of Manipur as a part of the Loktak Day observedon Wednesday.
A team led by Rajen also reinaugurated Experimental Fish Farm at Sendra.
On the occasion of 32nd Loktak Day Celebration the department of fishery has released four lakh ten thousands fish fingerings Into Loktak Lake as a part of the celebration. Out of the four lakh and ten thousand fingerings, one lakh and ten thousand are contributed from two fish farmers namely Heisnam Meghachandra Mangangcha from Thanga and Ibosana from Laphupat Tera, Rajen told reporters.
As a result of mass fish catching through different methods in Loktak lake number of the aquatic creatures has been decreasing day by day. Majority of the people residing around the lake is also depending on this lake. Fishing is a main occupation of the people on which the people depends for livelihood. That is why the fishery department is releasing fish fingerings with the objective to multiply varieties of fishes in the lake, he added.
MLAs L. Radhakishore Singh, P. Sharatchandra Singh, T. Robindro Singh, fishery commissioner M. Harekrishna Singh, fishery director Heisnam Balkrishna Singh and other officials and staffs of fishery department were also present during the occasion.
Robindro with the members of Loktak Festival Organising Committee, Thanga released more than one lakh fish fingerings into Loktak lake at Thanga.
Speaking to President Loktak Festival Organising Committee, Thanga former minister H. Sanayaima Singh sai due to the pandemic of Covid-19 the festival is not organized at the large scale as before. But the committee has conducted ritual prayer after collecting water of esha mapal of Laotak lake at Loktak Lairembi Lampak.