IMPHAL, Nov 7: A large number of people thronged a mega fish bazaar at Hapta Kangjeibung, although disappointed that a Thailand contingent was unable participate in the gala event ahead of the grand festival of ‘Ningol Chakkouba’.
All the same 70 stalls from different districts of the state took part in the fish fair which accounted for a sale of 19,000 kilograms of different varieties of fish ranging from prawn to Pengba (a rare indigenous fish of Manipur).
The fishes were sold at the price fixed by the fisheries department. The Rou, Catla and Mirgal species were sold at Rs 140 per kg, Grass Carp at Rs 130 per kg, Silver Carp at Rs 90 per kg, Common Carp at Rs 120 per kg, Kuri at Rs 130 per kg, Pengba at Rs 400, Ngaton at Rs 350 per kg and prawn at Rs 600 per kg.
The fish fair was inaugurated by fisheries minister Md. Allaudin Khan.Speaking at the inaugural function, minister Allaudin stated that the fisheries department is striving to increase fish production in the state under various schemes of the government so as to meet the growing demands of the people.
The Central government has decided to sanction more funds for the development of fisheries and the nationalized banks would also grant loans to the fish farmers of the state to enhance the production. Moreover, the production of indigenous varieties of fish of the state such as Pengba and
Ngakra would also be encouraged by the state government by providing financial assistance and incentives to the farmers, he said.Stressing on the need to increase the production of fish in the state, he said.
Prithiviraj stated that fish is one of the staple foods of the state and hence the fish farmers should toil to increase the production to meet the increasing demands of the people.
The fish fair has indeed provided a great opportunity to the people to buy fresh fishes for the festival of ‘Ningol Chakkouba’, he noted.
The fisheries department also announced Rs 50,000 cash prize for the best production stall, Rs 30,000 for the second position, Rs 20,000 for the third position, Rs 10,000 for highest production of indigenous fishes and Rs 5000 each to 20 consolation prize winners.