In the first of its kind in Manipur, Lemlai Enterprise on Wednesday launched processed cans of indigenous fishes Pengba and Ngaton at Hotel Classic in Imphal.
According to managing partner of the enterprise, Kh Rakesh, the canned fish is processed in the brine solution and can be preserved for three years, however they kept 12 months as the best period for usage.
He also informed that the same product is already being exported successfully to Pune since September 8 on every Thursday.
Considering the lack of market for Pengba and Ngaton due to huge losses faced by the vendors during the Covid-19 pandemic, the enterprise had manufactured the canned Pengaba and Ngaton fish, he explained.
The enterprise only used the indigenous Pengba and Ngaton with the aim to uplift the socio-economy status of the state, he added.
MLA K Robindro, who attended as chief guest, lauded Lemlei Enterprise for producing the canned fish with the same taste of a fresh fish.
Recalling the days when the luggage of a Manipuri travelling to an outside state was filled with food items exported from Myanmar, he said with the introduction of various indigenous food products, those days are behind us now.
He also stressed the need of research work of those various goods of Manipur which have been exported so far outside the state and overseas to make it more effective. Just highlighting in the media for namesake is meaningless, he added.
Encouraging the farmers of the state to work at their best level for more productivity which can lead the stage for exporting, the MLA said, "Let’s make use of the available resources to make Manipur self-sustainable and let’s stop running after government jobs as it is not possible for everyone."
The function was also attended by dean of College of Food Technology, CAU Ng Iboyaima Singh; president of Thoubal District Chamber of Commerce and Industry N Saratchandra; proprietor of Meira foods Hanjabam Shubra Devi and managing director of Globizs Roshnikumar Yambem among others.