Imphal, July 6,
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the present government is keen to enhance the fish production in the State so that the State would have a self sufficient fish production by 2020. This was stated by him at the first ever ‘Fish Farmers’ Meet’ held at Durbar Hall, Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister said that there is vast scope for fish farming as there are abundant water bodies in the State. He maintained that a Fish Feed Factory would be set up at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.5 crores in the State soon. Fish feeds would be easily available in the market, he added. He stated that a bigger factory would also be constructed under the PPP model.
Around 200 fish farmers attended the meeting. During the three hour long meeting, farmers gave their opinions and suggestions to increase the fish production in the State. Many farmers appreciated the government for organising such meeting. During the meeting, the farmers were made aware of the existing Central and State sponsored schemes for fish farming in the State.
It may be mentioned out of the 50,000 Metric Tones required for consumption in the State, only 30,000 Metric Tones are being produced by the fish farmers in the State annually.
Chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board L. Radhakishore, Chairman PDA T. Robindro, MLAs P. Sharatchandra, L. Susindro Meitei, S. Subashchandra Singh, Secretary (Fisheries) M. Luikham, Director(Fisheries) H. Biramani Singh, high ranking officials of ICAR and NABARD, officials of Banks and Fisheries Department attended the meeting.
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