The Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in its recent report has said that India experienced an eleven fold increase of fish production in the past six decades. The North-eastern region has also taken proactive strides in the booming industry of aqua-culture; in view of this, Pyrkhatjngai Syngkli of Mawkangi village, Ri Bhoi District has bagged the ‘Best Fish Farmer of the Year 2017’ award by the College of Fisheries, CAU (I) ), Lembucherra, Tripura.
Syngkli significant contribution and commendable achievements in augmenting fish production in the State of Meghalaya cannot go un-noticed as the award was bestowed on him in the presence of the Governor of Tripura, Shri. Tathagata Roy on the 10th July, 2017 as part of the 17th National Fish Farmers Day.
Pyrkhatjngai’s humble initiative started in the year 2000 with the construction of 4 fish ponds with a total water spread area of 0.16 hectare. He later ventured into up seed production with the assistance of the State Fishery Department in the year 2014.
With limited facilities he could produce hardly 400 kgs per 0.16 hectare, but at present, with the water spread of 1.1 hectare, he produces about 1600 kgs of fish in his farm. In addition, in the 2015 he has also produced 2.5 lakhs of fry of Labeo Gonius, 81 lakhs of fry of Cyprinus Carpio through captive and natural breeding.