KATHMANDU, Nov 11: Nepal Fish Traders' Association is organizing 3rd Fish Festival in Kathmandu from 24.
The five-day event will be held at the Bhrikuti Mandap Exhibition Hall.
The festival is being organized to promote consumption of fish produced in Nepal, according to the association. Ambika Prasad Adhikari, the president of the association, there will be 60 stalls in the event showcasing fish, medicines and tools, among others.
The festival will showcase fish delicacies made by different hotels and restaurants as well as local dishes popular in hilly and Tarai region of the country.
Instructors will share fish recipes as well as fishery techniques to visitors, according to the organizers.
The organizers have set entry fee at Rs 250 per person.
Jogendra Mahato, member secretary of the festival, said that 77,000 tons of fish is produced annually in Nepal. Local production can meet only around 30 percent of the demand, added Mahato.
The country imports fish worth around Rs 3 billion from India alone. In the last fiscal year, Nepal imported 7,882 tons of fish compared to 11,176 in 2014/15. Fish farming is done in 9,934 hectares across the country.