National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) awarded Tripura for having and maintaining cleanest and most hygienic fish market in India on the occasion of 70th Republic Day of India. Prime Minister’s Swachha Bharat Abhiyan aimed to create a competitive environment among the markets in terms of cleanliness and hygiene which saw entries of more than 100 fish markets across the country.
The wholesale fish market of M G Bazar in Agartala has been built at the cost of Rs 2.25 crore with modern facilities, including scientific sanitation system. The market has registered an average monthly footfall of 3.75 lakh businessmen.
While receiving the award in a ceremony at NFDB Hyderabad, the State government representative sought more support from the board as well as from the Central government to make the State self-sufficient in terms of fish production and fishery management.
It was mentioned that the State government is working on a mission mode to bring fish import to zero in next couple of years; so that the outflow of money to the tune of Rs 250 crore annually involved in fisheries will be curtailed and the entrepreneurship of fish-feed will multiply. Andaman was followed by Tripura for maintaining cleanest and hygienic fish market in the country.