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Fishery department organizes awareness campaign in Kiphire

Fishery department organizes awareness campaign in Kiphire
Mohamed Ali Shihab speaking during the program at Delux Point in Kiphire. (NP)
Correspondent KIPHIRE, JUL 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/5/2018 12:05:40 AM IST
Against the backdrop of large quantities of fish injected with Formalin being seized in Nagaland, Fishery Department Kiphire initiated an awareness campaign program on local fish production at Deluxe Point, Kiphire today, where fish farmers from Kiphire were sensitized about the value of local fish demands, as opposed to imported fish, and the market available for them. 
Gracing the program Kiphire Deputy Commissioner, Mohamed Ali Shihab congratulated the Fishery department and fish farmers for undertaking the initiative to promote the local fish market. 
He said that along with the rest of Nagaland, Kiphire administration has also banned the sale of fish in Kiphire.
“Fish injected with formalin is not suitable for human consumption therefore the department and fish farmers need to tap local resources to get locally produced fish in the market, as the demand for local fish is high,” the DC said.
Shihab also commented that fish farming is a livelihood income generating business and he called for a joint collaboration between the administration, Fisheries department, fish farmers and the general public to promote the local fish industry. R. Wilfred, SDO(C) Kiphire, speaking at the program urged the Fishery department to set up hatchery units in Kiphire to mitigate the problems faced by fish farmers.
He further added that creating a market for farmers was vital to enable farmers to sell their products and generate income which would allow them to sustain themselves. SDFO Mhamo Murry briefly highlighting the purpose behind the event said that the recent seizure of formalin injected fish necessitated the department encouraging fish farmers to get their fish into the market. The local fishes are organic and indigenous, he said and encouraged farmers to do away with the traditional method of fish farming and take up scientific approaches. He said the advantage of fish farming was that it cost less and generates more income for farmers compared to agricultural farming. He also added that locally produced fish have more nutritional value without side effects.

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