Shillong, November 20, 2021(MMP): The Directorate of Fisheries, Government of Meghalaya today celebrated the World Fisheries Day as part of the State’s Golden Jubilee Celebration at a programme held in Shillong. Speaking on the occasion Fisheries Minister, Shri S Dhar lauded the officials and staff of the fisheries department for their tremendous efforts in serving the farmers of the state and assisting them in various fisheries activities. The objective of the state government is to have a sustainable fish production to cater to the needs of the state and also to generate employment opportunities and to raise the livelihood of the farmers. He also informed that the government is committed to work hand in hand with the farmers and to provide all the necessary aid. He also said that the government is exploring ways and means to link fisheries and tourism sector in order to boost revenue collection and employment opportunities for the youth. He also urged the farmers to work diligently for the benefit of themselves, the state and the country as a whole.
Shri P. Shakil Ahammed informed that the aim of the World Fisheries Day is to make fisheries sector globally vibrant, sustainable and replenishable so that fish farmers will survive, water will prevail and nature can sustain the whole economy, livelihood and future of the planet.
He also stated that with the momentum picking up in terms of sustainable fishing, it helps in curbing Global Warming and other hazardous events to a certain extent. He also expressed happiness that protection and preservation of water bodies started a long way back in Meghalaya. With the government initiatives, till date there are 79 fish sanctuaries in the state. He also informed that Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission 2.0 is bridging the gap of supply and demand of fishes in the state.
During the day, a booklet on “Composite Fish Culture and Biofloc Technology” was released and distributed two wheelers for the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) 2020-21. State Award for best progressive fish farmer was given to Smti. Silme Ch. Marak of South West Garo Hills and District awards for best progressive fish farmer were also given to farmers. As part of the celebration the department also conducted photography competition on the theme “Water Life and Livelihood”. Stalls were also erected at the venue where farmers from all the districts of the state displayed their produce for sale.