Fisheries Minister Comingone Ymbon recently inaugurated a modern fish market, the first-of-its-kind in the State, equipped with modern technology at Saiden village in Nongpoh in Meghalaya. Construction of the fish market was initiated in 2016 with a project cost of Rs 1.64 crore, funded jointly by the National Fisheries Development Board and the State Fisheries department. The newly inaugurated hi-tech fish market comprises of twenty-two stalls equipped with all the modern facilities needed to preserve fish that has been sourced from various parts of the district.
Ymbon said that the market will uplift the economy of fish farmers of the district and the State as a whole. He also stated that Nongpoh was chosen as the location for the fish market since Ri Bhoi ranks number one in the State in fish production. He further shared that the State government under the Aquaculture Mission had already completed construction of 18,000 ponds in the State out of the 25,000 ponds required in order for the State to be self-sufficient in fish production.
Umsning legislator, Jason Sawkmie Mawlong urged fish farmers to meet them personally in case of any grievances that they might face in the future. Additional Chief Secretary, KN Kumar shared that the Aquaculture Mission launch in 2012 has been a huge success with fish production rising to 12,000 tonnes between 2012 and 2017.