Expanding fishery can generate more employment in the state: N. Kayisii
Manipur requires 52,000 metric tons of fish for the state’s own consumption while the production within the state is only 32,000 metric tons and the resulting gap in demand and supply is filled up by imports from other states.
Several speakers at the inaugural function of the ‘Fish Farmers’ Fair cum Fish Crop Competition 2018’ which was organised at NCC ground, DM College today, stressed the importance of expanding fishery in order to generate employment and to minimise the import of fish from outside the state.
A farmer from Senapati who sells fish in the fair informed that since water is not abundantly available throughout the year, practicing aquaculture in difficult in Senapati and he can generate an income of about Rs 15,000 only in a year. He also complained of the inconvenience of selling fish during the fair as customers were allowed to go inside the stalls.
PS Sonimla from Ukhrul said, “The rate fixed for the fish price in the fair is lower than my usual price in my home town and I am scared that I will not get enough profit.”
“Even though there is no help from the government, I generate an income of one lakh Rupees to two lakh in a year depending on one’s effort,” said Nungshitombi from Bishenpur.
A farmer from Thoubal also stated that the stalls provided were small for people who wish to display and sell large quantity of fish.
Addressing the gathering at the inauguration ceremony of the Fish Fair-cum fish crop Competition, general secretary of All Manipur Fish Farming Society Association, Amom Tiken stated that proper growth of fish takes time and aquaculture farmers will have to suffer three years due to the floods that occurred this year.
While informing that 30,000 hectares of land in the state is suitable for fishery, he said that the fish from Manipur can be exported rather than importing them, if the fishery department help the farmers in using the suitable lands for fishery which will in turn generate employment in the state too.
Tiken further stated though water is the most important requirement for fishery, land and a proper market is also very essential for developing it.
Speaking as chief guest of the function, minister of Fishery, N. Kayisii said that Manipur has brought laurels in different fields and many other countries also came to know more about India through Manipur, and in the same way, the fishery department and the aqua culture of the state can also be famous in the entire northeast.
While making an appeal to the people practicing aqua culture to utilise the fisheries by attending trainings for technical know-how and relevant information from the fishery department, Kayisii said that poverty and unemployment can be solved by expanding aquaculture.
“Expanding aquaculture in the hills can contribute in increasing the fish production of the state which will also minimize the import of fish,” he continued adding that the government has plans to increase aquaculture so that Manipur can stop depending upon other states for fish by the year 2022.
Vice chancellor of Central Agricultural University, Manipur, professor, M. Premjit stressed on the importance of more training programmes for the farmers stating that many farmers had successfully attended such training programmes and have converted themselves into job creators from job seekers. He also suggested that producing fish feeds in the state will reduce the need for importing them too.
Around 90 fish stalls representing almost all the districts of the state were set up at the fair during the “Fish Farmers’ Fair cum Fish Crop Competition” held today at NCC ground, DM College.
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