Fish worth Tk16 crore washed away in floods...

Fish worth Tk16 crore washed away in floods

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 06:16 PM, 4 July 2022  

Fish worth Tk16 crore washed away in floods

Fish worth Tk16 crore washed away in floods

Heavy rains and two weeks of landslides caused floods in 10 upazilas of Netrokona which severely affected the fish farmers of the district. Many people farmed fish in the pond on lease. Many farmers have taken up fish farming as their only livelihood. But this time their dream has been washed away by flood.

About 15,000 fish farmers have been affected and 26,000 ponds have been flooded. Despite many attempts, they could not keep the fish in their pond. The last means of their livelihood has vanished in front of their eyes and most of them are marginal farmers.

If the government provides incentives to these farmers they will be able to turn around and weave their dream again.

Fisheries officials said that, fish worth Tk16 crore was washed away along with juvenile fish worth Tk 2 crore.

Mahbubul Alam a farmer from Shaljan village in Maugati district said, he could not able to keep fish with nets this year. Although less than 6 lakh juvenile fish have been washed away from two fisheries.

“If the government looks carefully, we may survive. There are some farmers who wanted to stand as a fisherman by taking leases. All have been washed away. It takes TK 40 to 50 thousand to take the lease for one year,” he said.

According to the district fisheries officer, 1,07108.38 metric tons of fish were available in the district against the demand of 52074.93 metric tons of fish worth Tk 2000 crore.

There are 60,952 ponds in the district. The area of these ponds is 8343.46 hectares. There are 47,153 farmers. Of these, 708 are commercial fish farms. The number of beels is 510, 12 rivers and 159 canals. The number of floodplains is 678. There are 94 small and big haors. There are 118 water mahals on 20 acres. There are 299 water mahals under 20 acres.

There are 321 fishermen’s cooperative societies in the district. The total number of fishermen is 54,695. The number of registered fish farmers is 46,088.

The number of fish sellers is 1672. There are only 2 government fish seed farms. The number of registered private fish hatcheries is 35. There are 375 private fish nurseries and number of ice mills is 67 and 252 fish warehouses and 1 fish landing center.

District Fisheries Officer Mohammad Shahjahan Kabir said a list of victims has been prepared and sent to the high authority. He also thinks that fishermen will be able to turn around if they get intensive.

He said that this time it is expected to produce fish worth Tk 2500 crore nationally.