Imphal: Fishery and Education minister S Rajen Singh released more than four lakh fish fingerings into Loktak lake as a part of Loktak Day Wednesday. A ministerial team led by S Rajen Singh also reinaugurated Experimental Fish Farm at Sendra.
MLAs L Radhakishore Singh of Oinam A/C, P Sharatchandra Singh of Moirang A/C, T Robindro Singh of Thanga A/C, commissioner, Fishery M Harekrishna Singh, Director Fishery, Heisnam Balkrishna Singh and other officials and staff of the fishery department were also present during the occasion.
Speaking to the media, Minister Rajen said that on the occasion of the 32nd Loktak Day celebration the department of Fishery, Manipur released four lakh ten thousand fish fingerings Into Loktak Lake as a part of the celebration. Out of the four lakh and ten thousand fingerings, one lakh and ten thousand are contributed by two fish farmers namely Heisnam Meghachandra Mangangcha from Thanga and Ibosana from Laphupat Tera, he informed.
As a result of mass fish catching by various means in Loktak Lake number of the aquatic creatures has been decreasing day by day. The majority of the people residing around the lake is also dependent on this lake. That is why the fishery department is releasing fish fingerings with the objective to multiply varieties of fishes in the lake, he added.
Later, MLA Thanga A/C Tongbram Robindro Singh along with the members of Loktak Festival Organising Committee, Thanga released more than one lakh fish fingerings into Loktak lake at Thanga. Speaking to President Loktak Festival Organising Committee, Thanga Ex-Minister H Sanayaima Singh said that due to the pandemic of Covid-19, the festival has not been organized in a large scale as before. But the committee has conducted ritual prayer after collecting water of esha mapal of Laotak lake at Loktak Lairembi Lampak.