Udupi to host Matsya Mela and State-level Yuva Jana Mela from March 3

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Udupi to host Matsya Mela and State-level Yuva Jana Mela from March 3

Udupi: “Karnataka Fisheries department and Malpe development committee will organise ‘Matsya mela’ from March 3 to 5 at the Malpe beach”, said Pramod Madhwaraj minister from sports, fisheries and youth service.

Addressing the media persons at a press meet held at the press club on Friday February 24, Pramod said that the objective of the mela is to create an awareness among the public about the importance of fish, the mela will have exhibition and sale of fish and fish products, ready to eat fish, aquarium fish and accessories, scientific information, opportunities in fisheries sectors, exhibition of fish-related industries, cultural programmes etc.

MLA’s Sunil Kumar, Ganesh Karnik, Dinakar Gopal Poojary, Vinay Kumar Sorake, Haladi Srinivas Shetty, Kota Srinivas Poojary, Pratap Chandra Shetty, MP’s Oscar Fernandes, B S Yeddyurappa, Shobha Karandlaje, ZP president Dinakar Babu and others will be the chief guests.

On the same day, The State-level Yuva Jana mela and the State Youth Award distribution programmes will also be held at the Indoor Stadium Ajjarkad Udupi.

Nearly 1,000 youth from across the State are expected to participate in the Yuvajana Mela. The Yuvajana Mela will focus on displaying folk culture from different parts of the State. It would be in the form of competitions between various youth teams. The competitions would be in the following categories: Bhava Geete, theater songs, folk songs, Bisuva pada, Sobane pada, Gigi pada, Lavani, bhajans, solo acting performances, Kolata, Doddatta, Dollu Kunitha, Yakshagana, and instrumental music, he added.

Speaking about the quarry in Udupi district and the deputy commissioners transfer, Pramod said, “I have no role in this matter, it is the decision of the government. The newly appointed DC Priyanka Mary has good experience and knowledge about the Udupi district. She had earlier worked as the ZP CEO and is well aware of the problems of Udupi district. We hope she will do best in her tenure”, he said.

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  1. Dear Mr. Pramod,

    Yes, it is easy to make a Statement: Very important to eat fish,
    but do you know the price of fish that is caught and supplied in
    plenty in Malpe?

    Unfortunately, the cost of fish in Malpe and Udupi is more costly
    than Mutton! Imagine a Rs.500.- a Kilo for Seer Fish (King Fish or
    Angel as the locals call it), Rs.600.- a Kilo for Black Pompfret, and
    Rs.1000.- for a Kilo of Milk Fish or Kane and Rs.100.- for 5 Mackeral
    Fish or Bangde.

    These exaggerated prices are due to lack of check on prices and the
    on the export of good quality and big size fish to Goa, Kerala, Bangalore,
    Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh. Hundreds of Trucks packed with
    boxes of fresh fish leave Malpe Fishing Harbour every morning and
    evening. Even the local hoteliers sell a single piece of Seer Fish (Angel)
    and a single Milk Fish (Kane) for Rs.200.- in a Restaurant.

    Why can’t you ban or limit the senseless export of our local Fish to
    neighbouring States and to the Gulf, as they too have a Sea and
    plenty of Fish, so that the local people of South Karnataka, and the people
    of North Karnataka can easily afford and eat Fish, which is the staple food
    in Karnataka.

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