Panjim:Government is striving towards providing good facilities to fisherman community in the State. In this regard a well equipped Fish Market Complex comprising of adequate cold storage and other modern amenities will be constructed at Fatorda, Margao stated Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant. He was speaking at inaugural function of Aqua Goa Mega Fish Festival 2020 organised by Directorate of Fisheries held at SAG Campal ground Panaji today.
Chief Minister further informed that foundation stone for the project of Fish Market at Fatorda will be laid shortly. The Government is fully committed towards welfare of people those are in the business of fishing. He urged youths of State to get involved into this business as fisheries business has lots of potential to grow in larger scale.
Chief Minister Dr. Sawant stressed on need to explore new avenues of fishing other than fishing in the Sea. Back waters fishing and other types of fishing activities will help to make available fresh and good qualities of fish throughout a year, he added.
Dr. Sawant also expressed that young generation need to move towards special studies in fisheries so as to make better research in fish economy.
Minister for fisheries Shri. Filipe Nery Rodrigues spoke about the growing potential in the sector of fisheries business. Main objective of organising Aqua Goa Fish Festival to spread awareness regarding fisheries business and various aspects of its economy he added.
Bollywood Actress Smt. Mugdha Godse said that Fishing business is evolving as a new career and it is very much welcoming that lots of youths are getting involved in the business.
Aqua Goa Fish Festival being held till February 15, 2019 has unique aquarium, fish pond and also variety of food stalls around . various activities such as seminars, competitions and entertainment programmes will be held during the festival.
On the occasion Directorate of Fisheries felicitated Fisherman, Raponkars and Fisherwomen for their valuable contribution towards fisheries business. Shri. Ajit Chodankar, Shri. Harshad Dhond, Shri. Minguel Rodrigues, Smt. Librata, Smt. Ana Maria Colaco, Shri. Agnelo Rodrigues, Shri. Joao Lobo, Shri. Caitan Fernandes were felicitated on the occasion.
Director, Directorate of Fisheries Dr. Shamila Monteiro welcomed the gathering.
Minister for PWD Shri. Deepak Pauskar, MLA Sanguem Shri. Prasad Gaonkar, MLA, St. Andre Shri. Francis Silvera, Mayor, CCP Shri. Uday Madkaikar, Chairman of EDC Shri. Sadanand Shet Tanavade, Vice Chairman ESG Shri. Subhas Faldessa, Secretary Fisheries Shri. P.S. Reddy, DIG, Coast Guard Himanshu Nautiyal were present on the occasion.