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Check for formalin-laced fish in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAl, Jul 10
Published on 10 Jul. 2018 11:58 PM IST
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Manipur fishery department has stationed its officials and staff at border gates to check fishes imported from outside the state.
The step has been taken up to check if formalin was used in the iced-packed fishes, State fishery minister N Kayisii said.
He said that officials and staff have been detailed at Moa gate, Jiribam gate, Moreh and Sekmai to check iced-packed fish imported from other states.
Manipur government recently banned sale of iced-packed fish imported from other states after traces of formalin was found in the fishes. However, it was later relaxed.
While relaxing the ban, the authority cautioned the people while consuming the imported fishes preserved using formalin.
The minister, addressing 8th Fish Farmers’ Day held at fisheries department complex in Imphal’s Lamphelpat, said that Manipur produced only 32,000 metric tonnes of fish against the annual estimated requirement of 52,000 metric tonnes and stressed the need for a concerted effort to increase the production.
“The state needs to be on the right track towards attaining self-sufficiency in fish production,” he said. 
Acknowledging the shortfalls faced by the department, he assured to apprise the chief minister for more fund allocations to benefit fish farmers both in hill and valley districts.
On the occasion, the minister also released a booklet published by the department of fisheries titled “Better Management Practices for Fish Culture”.
The main highlight of the function was handing over of prizes to the three winners and 20 consolation prize winners of last year’s Annual Fish Fair cum Fish Crop Competition. 
Tongbram Raghu Singh, Heisnam Rabi Singh and Salam Sushilkumar- all from Bishnupur won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in the main fish crop category winning a cash prize of Rs one lakh, Rs 70,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively. 
Heisnam Rabi Singh walked away with a cash prize of Rs 20,000 as the winner for Indigenous Fish Producer. Consolation prizes were also given to 20 participants of the competition with a cash prize of Rs 20,000 each.
Since 2001, July 10 has been observed as Fish Farmers Day in the country to encourage and to give tribute to the endeavours of fish farmers in the country.

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