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11 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Fishing traps: Source of livelihood in Faridpur

UNB
Fishing traps: Source of livelihood in Faridpur

Faridpur: With the arrival of monsoon, the residents of three upazilas in the district have become busy producing and selling ‘Dowari, a fishing trap made with bamboo, reports UNB.

Dowari making and selling are the main source of livelihood during the rainy season for the poor people living in the vicinity of the Padma River as over 500 people are earning their butter and bread with it.

A village at Gazirtek union in Charbhadrason upazila is now known as ‘Dowari Potti’ for making the fishing trap. Besides, more than 200 people of other villages of the upazila, including Charayoddha, Bancharam Biswasdangi, Dhalar Par, Arazkhan Dangi, Intaz Mollah Dangi, Amin Khan Dangi and Charsalehpur, are engaged in the profession.

Like Charbhadrason, several hundred people of different villages in Sadarpur and Alfadanga uapzilas are also doing the business.

Dheukhali Union Parishad Chairman of Sadarpur Upazila Omar Faruk Bepari told UNB that hundreds of people remain busy for three months during monsoon in making and selling the fishing trap as the demand of Dowari remains low during the other time of the year.

“Villagers are becoming self-reliant by earning money with Dowari making,” he added.

During a visit to a Dowari haat at Charhajiganj on the bank of the Padma River, the UNB correspondent found Dowaris of different sizes being sold.

One hundred small Dowaris were selling at Tk 5,500 while one hundred large Dowaris at maximum Tk 20,000.

Wholesalers from different areas, visiting the market, buy the fishing traps from the market, and these are transported to different districts, including Dhaka, Rajbari, Sirajganj and others.

Aslam, a Dowari buyer, told UNB that the demand of the fishing trap goes up in the rainy season.

“Fishermen run their houses by catching fish using Dowari and selling them in the market,” he added.

Sheken Sheikh, a Dowari maker, said his family spends their all day long in making these traps. They collect bamboos from the garden or buy them from the market.

Rahim Sheikh, a resident of Dowari Potti, told UNB that from one large bamboo at least four Dowaris can be made and the price of each Dowari is Tk 200 while a bamboo costs upto Tk200 to Tk300.

Dowari trader Jamal Molla, who came to Dowarihaat at Charhajiganj from Dhaka said the quality of the Dowaris made in Faridpur is better for which its demand is also high.

 

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