Fish Mela to be held for the first time in sikkim
Gangtok, April 19(IPR): The Directorate of Fisheries, Government of Sikkim is organising the first Fish Mela in the State on 20th and 21st April at M.G. Marg, Gangtok. In this regard, the Hon'ble Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Departments, Shri L.N. Sharma convened a Press Conference at the Conference Hall of Tashiling Secretariat, today, to inform general people about the upcoming event.
In his address, the Minister stated that the Directorate of Fisheries is organising the first two days Fish Mela in the State at M.G. Marg Gangtok, duly maintaining COVID 19 appropriate behavior. The local fish farmers and entreprenuers will be displaying and selling varieties of cultured fish including ornamental and local indigenous fish in the Mela. The purpose of organising the Fish Mela is to encourage the youth to take up fisheries as an entrepreneurship, with the objective to promote fish farming and also to meet up growing demands of fish in the State.The Directorate is also in the process of encouraging and supporting the fish farming in an extensive manner for optimum utilisation of the available water resources, which in turn expected to maximise the domestic fish production.
He also appealed the youth and progressive farming community to participate in the event and avail the knowledge, inputs and technicalities on fish farming being provided by the experts. He emphasized on the importance of farming in our daily lives and the contribution of farmers who toil day in and out to provide variety of products to the people.
The Minister reiterated the incentives being provided by the State Government in terms of dairy and other crops to augment the farmers in the State. He also added that the vision of State Government to transform Sikkim into a sustainable and self sufficient State will only be achieved if the people have focus and determination in their respective fields and also urged the farming community to take pride in this profession. He also extended gratitude to the National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad for their support and encouragement in organising this event.
The Minister also informed that under the ambitious programme of Pradhan Mantri Matshya Sampada Yojana, the Directorate of Fisheries aims at encouraging educated unemployed youth for taking up fish farming in order to generate employment.
Director of Fisheries Shri N. Jaswant informed that approximately 40 fish farmers across the State are expected to attend the event. He also informed that approximately 16000 metric tonnes of fish is being consumed annually in the State while the production stands at approximately 465 metric tonnes. The upcoming Mela aims to encourage and motivate the youth to come forward and take up the fish farming through various technical and financial assistance and other schemes of the State Government to respond demands being created in the State, he added.
The Press Conference was also attended by Secretary Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department Dr. Sangay D. Bhutia and officials of Directorate of Fisheries.