Speech of HCM on the occassion of "1st ever Meen Mahotsav"
I am extremely delighted to be a part of this Mahotsav being organized by the Department of Fisheries on the occasion of World Fisheries Day. It is really a proud moment that last year we organized Krishi Mela which was a grand success and this year for the 1st time "Arunachal Meen Mahotsav,2013" is organized in the State. I extent my warm felicitation to all our farmer scientists other stakeholders and the general public and heartily welcome you all. World Fisheries Day is celebrated every year on November, 21st throughout the world by the fisher folk communities. The World Fisheries Day help in highlighting the critical importance to human lives of water and the lives it sustains. The World Fisheries Day help to highlight the over exploitation of fishery resources and helps to highlight these problems and moves towards finding solution to the increasingly inter connected problems we are facing and in longer terms to sustainable means of maintaining fish stocks. Arunachal Pradesh is endowed with bounties of natural aquatic resources in the form of ponds and tanks, lakes, beels paddy plots, river and streams, Marshy and swamps areas and of course the reservoir which provide opportunities for multidimensional growth of Fishery and Aquaculture in the state. Only parts of the available resources have been harnessed leaving a vast resource still un-explored and remains in their pristine condition. To achieve the goal of sufficiency, knowledge driven aquaculture is the need of the hour. Therefore not only we need to develop agro-climatic zone specific new technologies but also to readjust and refine the existing ones to fit into the local agro-climatic condition and changing dimensions taking into account the interests of our farmers. The Fisheries sector in the state is operated on traditional lines and is not exposed to the emerging opportunities. All such opportunities having impact needs to be tapped and addressed with utmost seriousness and scientific temperament. Several opportunities like ornamental fish culture, trout farming, freshwater prawn culture, Cat fish culture, integrated farming are emerging in this sector. Building up entrepreneurship in these areas should be the focus of aquaculture development in the state. It is also equally important to develop fish based aqua-tourism and aqua parks and organizing fish melas and Mahotsav which will help in bringing awareness among the fish farmers about technology and potential of this sector in changing the socio economic condition of the rural community. Coldwater and ornamental fishery has immense potential for development in the state which should be judiciously exploited and scientifically managed for the welfare of the farmers and overall development maintaining sustainability. In the near future many new reservoirs are expected to come up which if scientifically developed would definitely become a hub for aquaculture activities. Though effort has been initiated for the development and popularization of fisheries in the state by way of implementation of various schemes, there is still a lot to be done. However, now we are marching ahead with renewed energy and vision to make our state self sufficient in fresh water fish and fish seed production. It requires careful planning, systematic execution dedication and cooperation of the common people. Neither resources, nor people are in the state for undertaking aquaculture but the sector only needs public and private investments to flow in, priority in planning process and policy interventions. Another important and concern area is the fish biodiversity conservation. The open water system which once was rich in fish population has dwindled to an alarming state of extinction. Indigenous fishes are our state’s wealth and we must come forward voluntarily to conserve in their natural habitat. Illegal fishing and destruction of breeding ground of fishes by illegal quarrying up of river bed materials must have to be stopped at any cost. Poisoning, electrocuting, dynamiting, killing of juvenile fishes are to be stopped forthwith to prevent further reduction in fish population. Closed season during fish breeding time, fish sanctuaries, No fishing zone needs to be introduced to protect our precious fishery wealth from being completely extinct. All laws including the Arunachal Pradesh Fisheries Act-2006 must be implemented in letter and spirit for better tomorrow. I believe that this Mahotsav will provide a platform to address all short-coming while infusion of experience and expertise will emerge new ideas and innovation techniques which will revolutionize fishery and aquaculture in the state. I congratulate the Department of Fisheries for organizing such a significant event and exhort upon our farmers brethren to acquire knowledge and learn more from the presentation by different scientist and adopt them in day to day management practices of their fish farms thereby increasing productivity and production and making the state self reliant. While I thank all of you once again for patient hearing and wishing the "1st Ever Arunachal Meen Mahotsav, 2013" a grand success, I appeal one and all to preserve and increase our rich aquaculture for sustenance and prosperity. Together we will do it ! Jai Hind, Jai Arunachal!