Hon’ble Minister Shri. L. N. Sharma inaugurates the second Fish Mela

Gangtok, October 1 (IPR): The Second Fish Mela cum Bamboo fair organised by the Directorate of Fisheries, AH & VS Department, Government of Sikkim in collaboration with the National Bamboo Mission, Horticulture Department was inaugurated by Minister, AH & VS Department, Shri. Lok Nath Sharma, at New Market, Gangtok, today.

Minister Shri Sharma graced the inaugural function as the chief guest. He was joined by MLA, Gangtok Constituency, Shri. Y. T. Lepcha as the guest of honour, along with Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Shri. A. K. Yadav, Chairpersons, Advisors and heads of departments of the State Government.

The aim of the fish mela is to showcase and promote the fisheries industry for holistic nourishment through fish consumption and production.

The fish festival will help create avenues for the farmers to display and sell locally produced fish, as well as develop an understanding and conservation of freshwater resources.

The Government officials, private traders, NGOs, feed & implement manufacturers/traders, fish co-operatives are participating in the two-day event.

The event also aims to introduce the fishermen to the general public and to promote Fisheries and Bamboo entrepreneurs in Sikkim. Fifty-Two numbers of Fish & Bamboo entrepreneurs/farmers are displaying and selling their products in the programme, which includes fresh locally produced fish like Trout, Grass Carp, Amur Carp, ornamental fish, various value-added fish products, etc, along with bamboo products made by local entrepreneurs.

Minister, Shri. Lok Nath Sharma in his address mentioned said that after the success of the first fish mela that was held in April, 2021, Directorate of Fisheries received another grant from National Fisheries Development, Hyderabad for organizing the Second Fish Mela on the occasion of the Poshan Abhiyaan celebration, 2021. He mentioned that under the thoughtful leadership of Chief Minister, Shri. Prem Singh Tamang, the first fish Mela was a grand success, and our fishermen sold fishes worth 10,40,000/- in the two-day event held at M. G. Marg, Gangtok.

The Minister mentioned that the Fish Mela is the first of its kind in the State and in its second edition, the government has included National Bamboo Mission, Horticulture Department, to promote bamboo entrepreneurs and artisans to display and sell their products in the Bamboo Fair. He stated that hosting this fair is not only a medium to market products but also to encourage the youth of Sikkim to pursue fish farming and bamboo entrepreneurship, and generate employment in the said field, which is unique and has great potential for the market locally and globally.

He said that the products being marketed in the fair, are rich in tradition and heritage which have been passed down from our forefathers but are also extremely useful in the modern times.

He stated that the State Government has been initiating various schemes of the central government to benefit the farmer fraternity of Sikkim.

The Minister concluded his address by stating that we must uplift, encourage and pay our respects to the farmers, livestock rearers and milkmen, as they are the true backbone of our society and driving forces of sustainable economy.

He encouraged the youth to pursue careers in agriculture, livestock, fisheries and diary sector, for a sustainable business route towards an Aatmanirbhar Sikkim and self-sufficiency in the true sense.

He appealed to the general public to come forward to support our fish farmers and bamboo artisans during this two-day day event.

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