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Fish bonanza for Magh Bihu

- Two Jorhat areas to get fish at less than market rate

Jorhat, Jan. 10: No uruka feast in Magh Bihu can be complete without a dish of fish.

Maasor tenga (fish cooked with tomatoes or thekera or amla), kalia (fish cooked with curd), paatot diya (baked in banana leaves with a coating of mustard oil and masala), khorikaat diya (roasted on sticks), sorsori (coated with mustard paste), maasor muri ghonto (the fish head cooked with pulses, potatoes), or plain fried, one or a few of these mouth-watering dishes are usually the fare in any Bihu feast.

For those who live on tight budgets but don’t want miss out on any these culinary delights, be there at the Potia Tokola Beel near Potia gaon or the Assam Agricultural University fishery research centre on uruka morning that falls on January 13.

At both these places, fresh fish will be available at half the market price.

Scripting a success story, Mahabahu self-help group comprising 10 members started a fishery project with funds from the Chief Minister’s Bikash Yojana.

The group developed waterbodies spread over 8.2 hectares of land into fisheries at Potia Tokola Beel.

The president of the group, Jayanta Kumar Bora, said for the past few years, they were selling their catch at much lower price than the market to fish suppliers, who bought in bulk.

“On uruka morning, however, fish will be sold only to the people of the village and neighbouring villages and those who come from town,” he said.

The price of the fishes range from Rs 150 to Rs 550 for different variety of fish below 3kg.

Almost 10 quintals of fish caught today were sold out to suppliers at this price.

“Fishes weighing 1kg or so are not sold. These are kept in the rearing tank and then let out in the stocking tank,” he said.

In Assam Agricultural University fishery research centre, the fish will be sold for Rs 100 to Rs 120 per kg.

Bibha Chetia Borah, in-charge of the centre, said this time there would be a small catch of sitol besides rohu and bahu.