Imphal, Nov 19:
Fisheries Minister Heikham Dingo Singh today released 50000 variety fish fingerlings and inaugurated the newly installed Aerator at Manipur University Campus. He said that there is necessity for transforming Manipur for Achieving Self-Reliant, Sufficient and Surplus Economical Status by transforming unproductive water bodies to productive water bodies through fish rearing and production as a part of Blue Revolution. The programme was organized by Fishery Club, Manipur University.
Speaking at the occasion, Minister Heikham Dingo Singh highlighted the importance of the Fisheries department and stated that the government is making whole-hearted efforts to improve the department. The public can witness the achievements of the department during the recently held Ningol Chakouba fish fair on the 26th October 2022 when the sale of different fishes can reach to a total of about Rs. 3,33,60,000 per day, he also said.
Minister Dingo further stated that it is an awareness program to decipher knowledge to the masses about the knowledge of fish-rearing in water bodies. The program was held after consultation with experts and scientists who have expertise knowledge about fish rearing and production. We are discussing what we can do with water-bodies to increase the production further taking into account the essential prerequisites of fish rearing like technology, iron content, reasonable area size of the water bodies and scientific techniques, he also added.
Fisheries Director Balkrisna Heisnam spoke of introducing a Fisheries App that will cater to the needs of both the buyers and sellers. The cost of the App can be launched with a budget of about Rs.7-8 Lakh only. There is no proper database available at present at the department but some fisheries database can be collected from the Environment & Ecology Department that will give details about wetlands and farm ponds, he said.
Balkrisna Heisnam also said that the Fisheries App will contain details about the fish farmers, contact number and complete picture of fishes reared by him. The App will apply to all districts, especially the valley districts. The process for Imphal East is already over. If we need to buy fishes for any local ceremony like house inauguration, we need to take into account factors like availability of the desired fish variety in farm ponds, location, home delivery service etc., he added.
Prof. N. Lokendra Singh, Vice- Chancellor, Manipur University also graced the occasion as President. Officials from Fisheries Department and others also attended the programme.