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Killing snails decreased guest birds arrival

 Narail Correspondent

 Published: 01:51 PM, 8 November 2018   Updated: 01:51 PM, 8 November 2018

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Every year huge amount of snails are killed arbitrarily and inhumanly from various bills in Narail. Like this year, both female and male residents and children of the area are killed snails from different bills. As a result, a huge amount of snails are killed, and due to this, migrations of guest birds have dropped down.

It has been learned that in Jamalpur, collecting snails from different bills have now become a seasonal occupation of about 6,000 men and women. These snails are being used in the fish farming area. Apart from different uses of snail in fish farming, the snails are being delivered to the different districts of the country including Khulna, Bagerhat, Jashore, and Satkhira.  

Kazi Hafizur Rahman, executive director of self-reliant local NGO who is working in the environmental sector told that several years ago thousands of guest birds used to arrive in different areas of Narail. The birds used to survive over snails from the bill.  

“Recently, enough snails are not available in the canals due to the abolition of snail arbitrarily. Lately, it has resulted in the downfall of the migration of guest birds to a huge extent. If the snails keep on killing in this manner, the arrival of the guest birds will be stopped and it will bring the environment under threat,” he warned.  

80 years old farmer Iman Sheikh of Gondob village of Lohagara Upazila said, “7-8 years ago, guest birds of various species used to fly to the bills and canals in Morichpasha, Gondob, and Chalighat area Gondob every year. The whole area became melodious with the chirping of the flown birds. Then there were snails available in those areas. Now since the snails are not much seen, the visibility of the guest birds also decreased.”

Barun Kumar Biswas, the departmental head of the Department of Veterinary Science, Government Victoria College of Narail, said that many animals survive on the snails which are reproduced from the natural sources. Many animals are fed on these snails. “If the destruction of the snail goes on then these creatures will be lost and extinct from the environment putting our environment under threat.”

District Fishery Officer Enamul Haque said, “Snail is also necessary to maintain the balance of our environment; hence it is not right to kill them. Currently, various companies have produced fish feeds which help in higher reproduction of fish than that of snails. We encourage fisheries farmers to use them.”