The 5th State Level Aquarium Exhibition Cum Flower Show began here at Manipur Science Aquarium in D M College Campus in Imphal.
The objective of holding the Aquarium Exhibition Cum Flower Show is 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 the public and to create a place for recreation of the public.
Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar formally opened the five-day Exhibition Cum Flower Show on Sunday. The show will end on March 24.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister, who also holds the Science & Technology portfolio, said that the initiative taken up by Manipur Science & Technology Council (MASTEC) to showcase rearing of indigenous as well as exotic species of fishes is a very good step towards popularisation of conserving rare and nearing extinction indigenous species in the state.
He said, “Nowadays many indigenous species both flora and fauna have not been found in abundance due to activities destructing their habitations.”
On floriculture, Joykumar said, “It is an important hobby to give our mind free from stress and also it gives us pleasure as well. Although, we may not be able to take up floriculture in large scale, but at least we should try to develop gardening at our homes. It will give us the pleasure of refreshing our minds.”
The exhibition cum show will open for public every day from 11 am to 7 pm till March 24, according to Director of MASTEC Th Surendranath.
As many as 25 local and many exotic fish species have been rearing in Manipur Science Aquarium.