Minister Rajen warns against encroaching fishery area

Imphal: Fishery minister S. Rajen Singh has warned to immediately stop any form of illegal encroaching activities by individuals in the Waithou fishery area.

“Not only at Waithou lake, there have been instances for encroaching in other sites belonging to fishery department. Individuals involved in such practices should understand that illegal encroachment is liable to be punished under law,” Rajen said.

He was talking to reporters during a visit at Waithou Lake (Pat) on Sunday.

The government has started demarcation of fishery areas and government maintained fish farms in the state. Encroaching of any form in the area of fishery department will be evicted. Concerned district authorities and departments have also been informed to take up necessary actions in this regard, he added.

The state government has started to work to achieve the objective of producing adequate fish products for the state. It will help to save the financial expenditure on fish products from outside, he said.

As a measure to encourage fish farmers in the state the government has also decided to introduce Public Private Partnership model. Revenue can also be generated by successfully implementing the model in such an area of around 400 acres of Waithou lake. This initiative will help to those fish farmers who are enthusiastic to take up this activity, he added.

Rajen appealed to all the interested fish farmers to cooperate with the government initiatives to bring a change in the state by making Manipur one of the biggest fish producing states in the country.

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