SHILLONG, April 07: The Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Roshan Warjri has called for more participation in the State Aquaculture Mission, seeking in particular the involvement of the unemployed youth of the state so that they are provided with a sustainable source of income.
Speaking as the chief guest of the 4th State Aqua Fest which concluded at the premises of the State Central Library here, Warjri said, “The State Aquaculture Mission was launched in the State in order to enhance fish production to fill the wide growing gap between demand and supply and also to generate employment opportunities especially in the rural areas.”
Stressing on the need of making the State Aqua Mission a success, the Minister opined on the need to strengthen in this field by working together with the individuals, community and NGOs. She also appealed the educated unemployed youth of the State to come forward and take advantage of the various schemes offered by the Fisheries department to engage themselves in the fishery practices towards sustainable livelihood. Warjri also stressed on the need to develop more sanctuaries across the State for conserving indigenous and endemic species.
During the programme, the Minister also released the Training Manual for Potential Fish Farmers of Meghalaya on “Aquaculture and Advance Techniques for Fish Culture”.
The Minister also distributed the Individual Awards, Community Awards and Sanctuary Awards for excellence in Fisheries Sector to acknowledge, recognize and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by fish farmers, communities, NGOs and SHGs in the State.
Dr. B.D.R. Tiwari, Secretary, Fisheries Department, Ram Singh, Director, Fisheries, O. Nongbri, Managing Director, Meghalaya Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd., Dr. S. K. Das, Principal Scientist, ICAR, Dr. R. Suresh, Senior Consultant Fisheries, National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad, senior government officials and fish farmers from various parts of the State were also seen keenly taking in the sights in the stalls set up at the venue by various government departments, SHGs, NGOs, farmers and entrepreneurs who displayed and sell their products.