Tura, Nov 16: The first Aqua Fest to showcase the promises made by Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Promotion (IBDLP) was held on Friday at the Tura Parade Ground. The fest was held at the Tura Police Parade Ground and was attended by a host of dignitaries who graced the occasion commenting on the impact the mission of Aqua Culture has made on the progress of people’s lives.
The Superintendent of Fisheries who also doubles up as the District Executive Officer, FFDA, Roger B R Marak, was the host for the event which was attended by a robust crowd who came to see the event as well as savour the fishes that were being sold during the event.
The Chief Guest of the festival, Parliamentary Secretary in charge PHE, Noverfield R Marak, remarked that IBDLP was expected to make a difference to the lives of many within the state and the brain child of the Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma and he was very happy with the progress made.
The Guest of Honour for the event and South Tura MLA, John Leslee K Sangma, too complimented the Dr Mukul Sangma Government for the initiative taken to promote the various missions within IBDLP, especially the Aqua Culture mission, which he said was getting a huge fillip within the region and making a difference to a lot of people’s lives. He said the popularity of fish farming would also ensure a regular supply of fish to the local populace, reducing not only the prices but also ensure that fish lovers did not have to eat stale fish from outside the state.
The organizer for the event, Roger Marak said, “We have covered a total of 1668 fish farmers for the Garo Hills region out an application amount of 15,000 who signed up for the mission under IBDLP. We are looking at another 1700 that we are expecting to cover in West Garo Hills and Ampati. We expect to cover the whole gamut in the next five years. The Aqua Culture mission is very popular and all sectors have shown promising developments. We have had representation from all the five districts and even the Khasi Hills and most of them have shown a huge gain”.
The Aqua Fest also felicitated five of the best success stories in the Aqua Culture Mission with the enthusiastic crowd working towards the reared fish, some of which were more than 3 kgs in weight, showcasing how well the mission was actually working for the partners in the mission. The benefit for the consumers of the region – fresh fish every day.