IMPHAL, July 8 - With a view to make Fish feed available in local market, a Fish Feed Factory would be set up soon in Manipur at an estimated cost of Rs 1.5 crore.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh made the announcement while addressing the first-ever Fish Farmers� Meet held at Durbar Hall, Chief Minister�s Secretariat here on Friday.
Around 200 fish farmers, bank and Fisheries department officials attended the meeting which was especially convened to chalk out plans to improve fish production in the State.
The step has been taken considering the siphoning of a huge amount of money outside the State to purchase fish feeds every year and also to increase fish production. The State has an annual shortfall of about 20,000 metric tonnes of fish.
Singh also informed that a State Level Committee has been formed to achieve self sufficiency in fish production by 2020. There is a vast scope for fish farming as there are abundant water bodies in the State.