IMPHAL, Oct 27: Under the joint initiative of All Manipur Nupi marup Lamlai Area Committee and All India Youth Federation Lamlai Local Council, a Ningol Chakkouba Fish Mela has been organised for the very first time in Lamlai area at Irawat Park, Chalou Lamlai today.
Inaugurating the first fish fair as the chief guest, Agriculture Minister Ph Parijat said the fair has been organised under the objective of promoting fish farming in Imphal East district.
Stating that various fish varieties would be made available to the public at Rs 25 less than the rate fixed by the Government, the Minister informed that a common fish rearing pond of four paris in size would be developed at Leimakhong near Lamlai. Noting that there is shortage of fish production in Imphal East district areas, he expressed confidence that on completion the Leimakhong pond would be able to contribute to fish production.
Imphal East district Fishery Officer Y Ibobi Singh recounting that the Fishery Department had been organising fish fairs every year since 1976 in connection with the Ningol Chakkouba festival, asserted that efforts would be made to organise fish fairs in Imphal East district.
In all fishes were sold at five stalls while chicken were put on sale in six stalls at the fair. The rate of fish sold at the fair was fixed at Rs 125 per kilogram for Rohu (Rou) variety, Rs 115 for Grass Carp and Rs 75 for Silver Carp, while chicken was available at Rs 110 per kg.
It is informed that the total quantity of fish at the fair is 3400 kgs and 1000 kg chicken.
The fair inauguration programme was also attended by AMNM LAC president O Lembi Leima, Lamlai Nagar Panchayat Chairperson Ng Robin Singh and CPI Lamlai Local Council secretary Y Megha Singh.
Source: The Sangai Express