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CM appeals people to encourage local artisans, fish farmers
GANGTOK,: The two-day State Fish Mela-cum-Bamboo Fair at New Market here concluded on Saturday.
Governor Ganga Prasad and Chief Minister P.S. Golay visited the stalls and interacted with the bamboo artisans and fish farmers. Later, the Chief Minister graced the closing ceremony as the chief guest.
In his address, the Chief Minister mentioned that the Fish Mela is being held for the second time this year to encourage the local fish farmers and to give them an opportunity to market their produce. He called upon the hoteliers and homestay operators of Sikkim to use the locally reared and fresh fishes from the fish farmers of the State. The State government has been extending incentives to the farmers engaged in fish farming and besides this, we have already introduced incentives in dairy farming, animal husbandry, agriculture and horticulture sectors, he said.
The Chief Minister shared that Sikkim has enough water bodies to make fish farming a sustainable profession. He stated that Siliguri is a readymade market for fish produced in Sikkim. He urged the department and fish farmers to explore this possibility.
In his address, Golay mentioned that Sikkim is leading in Covid vaccination drive wherein 100% of the 18 plus population has received the first vaccine dose while more than 75% have received their second vaccine dose. By end of this year, we will cover the entire adult population of Sikkim, he said thanking the Centre for allocating free Covid vaccine to Sikkim.
The Chief Minister urged the youth to adopt agriculture and horticulture as their profession. He appealed the people to encourage the local bamboo artisans. We can boost our local economy by using locally grown or made items, he said.
Directorate of Fisheries director N. Jaswant Singh informed that fish farmers and bamboo artisans from different parts of Sikkim took part in the State Fish Mela-cum-Bamboo Fair.
During the two-day fair, fishes of different species and bamboo products amounting to around Rs. 12 lakh were sold, it was informed.
The fair was organised by the Directorate of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry department in collaboration with the National Bamboo Mission, Horticulture department.
In his address, Agriculture & Animal Husbandry minister Lok Nath Sharma attributed the success of the two-day fair to the vision of the Chief Minister to uplift rural economy. He said that schemes like ‘Mukhya Mantri Matsya Palan Yojana’, ‘Mukhya Mantri Krishi Atma Nirbhar Yojana’, and ‘Mukhya Mantri Pashu Dhan Yojana’ are schemes conceived by the State government to achieve the goal of ‘Atma Nirbhar Sikkim’. He urged the youth of Sikkim to start taking pride in being engaged in farming and allied services.
In her address, Horticulture secretary Yoshada Bhandari shared that the Horticulture department and its activities went on even during the pandemic period. Agriculture and horticulture are sustainable livelihoods, she said thanking the government for extending all support and inputs to the farmers so that their productivity does not decrease.
Bhandari also spoke on the National Bamboo Mission and schemes launched for bamboo artisans and entrepreneurs.
During the programme, ‘Regu Fish Ecotourism’ was officially unveiled by the Chief Minister, reinforcing the potential of Regu in East Sikkim as a hub for fish eco-tourism. Likewise, a local product called ‘Fish Flavouring Agent’ developed by Namcheybong Fresh, a rural entrepreneurial venture initiated by Dewaker Basnet and his team was launched on the occasion by the Chief Minister.