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People should create natural habitat to save indigenous fish: Dy CM


Y. Joykumar inaugurates state level aquarium exhibition cum flower show

Y. Joykumar inaugurates state level aquarium exhibition cum flower show

Source: Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | Mar 19 : Deputy chief minister, Y. Joykumar today inaugurated six-day 5th state level aquarium exhibition cum flower show at Manipur Science Aquarium located at DM college campus, Imphal. To encourage local entrepreneurs engaged in aquarium and floriculture was the motto of the exhibition. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Joykumar said instead of rearing indigenous fish in artificial ponds, natural habitat should be created to save the fishes from getting endangered. He said rearing fishes can be done by separating the course of running river water and by making natural habitat. Due to modernisation there have been disturbances its ecological balance and people have to take initiatives as preventive measures. Many fishes are rearing in artificial aquarium but people should start rearing of indigenous fish which are getting endangered, said the minister. People should start plantation of vegetables though not in large scale but can create as kitchen garden at their homes. Vegetables we eat are mostly from markets but we do not know whether they are planted by using chemicals or organic fertilisers. If we plant vegetables at homes we are sure that those vegetables are free from chemicals, Joykumar asserted. The exhibition was organised by Manipur Science and Technology Council in association with local aquarium lovers, floriculture entrepreneurs and ‘Letz plant the earth green’ under the sponsorship of department of science and technology. Department of science and technology, secretary, Nidhi Kesarwani as president of the function said the state has high level in biodiversity but due to development and lack of conservation of natural habitat many indigenous is getting endangered. To save the biodiversity of the state people should conserve the natural habitat of flora and fauna. Director of Manipur Science and Technology Council, Th. Surendranath Singh said plants and animals have “symbiotic relationship”. Symbiotic relationships are a special type of interaction between species. Sometimes beneficial, sometimes harmful, these relationships are essential to many organisms and ecosystems, and they provide a balance that can only be achieved by working together. The main objectives of the centre are to study the behaviour of different fish species, to conserve the fish fauna of the state, to make aware of the available local fishes to public and to create a place for recreation of the public. There is a saying that people need three essential things to live which are food, shelter and cloths. Apart from the three if people add a garden and library then life will be a complete one, he added. Most of the people have pet animals in their homes but some people are allergic to pet animals though they love them. For those they can have an aquarium with school of various indigenous fishes, said Surendranath. Around twenty five species of local fishes, fifty species of exotic fishes and one hundred fifty species including both indigenous and non-local species were exhibited. The exhibition cum show will open for public every day at 11 am till 7 pm of March 24.