Imphal: The Annual Fish Fair Cum Fish Crop Competition, 2021, was held with the production of around 90,000 kg of different varieties of fishes including indigenous varieties at Mapal Kangjeibung , here on Friday.
The fair was organised by the department of fisheries, on the eve of Ningol Chakouba festival of Manipur.
Chief minister N. Biren Singh opened the fair.
This year’s special attraction was the live display of Sareng (catfish) indigenously grown in Manipur.
Around 100 fish farmers took part in the fair which had 100 stalls.
Biren urged all concerned to put in best efforts to enhance Sareng production as it is the most preferred variety in the state.
Stating that fish production had increased a lot in the state in the past few years, the chief minister pointed out that the target is to achieve self sufficiency. For this the state government has been putting in best possible efforts by supporting the fish farmers with loans and Start-Up scheme, he added.
Likewise, Loktak Livelihood Mission was also launched for this purpose. However, the mission could not achieve the intended objective as of now due to Covid-19 pandemic, he said.
Extending warm greetings to the Ningols and people of Manipur on the occasion of Ningol Chakkouba, he also asked the police department to check traffic rule violations to avoid unwanted road mishaps.
The annual fish requirement of the state is about 56,000 MT while only about 33,000 MT is being produced by the fish farmers annually. As such, there is a production deficit of around 23,000 MT, and around Rs 4 crore is spent annually in importing fish to make up this deficit.
A sum of Rs 1 lakh was awarded to the first prize winner of the Fish Crop competition while Rs 70,000 and Rs 50,000 were given to second and third prize winners.
Moreover, Rs. 10,000 each was awarded to selected fish farmers as consolation prizes.
A sum of Rs 20,000 was also given to the fish farmer who produced the maximum quantity of indigenous fish variety.