POST TIME: 2 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Rajshahi division attains surplus fish production
BSS, Rajshahi

Rajshahi division attains surplus fish production

Fish production has been enhanced to 4.584 lakh metric tonnes in eight districts under Rajshahi division against its demand for 4.048 lakh metric tonnes at present by dint of diversified steps adopted and implemented during the last 10 years. Fisheries department sources said fish farming in the region is making many people financially solvent along with boosting their social dignity and contributing to meeting the demand for animal protein across the country.

Amzad Hossain, a fish farmer of Keshorehat village in Mohanpur upazila, alone produced 30.25 tonnes of fish worth around Taka 44.25 lakh making a net profit of Taka 15 lakh in 2018.

Through ensuring quality, he collects eggs from government hatchery and rivers and breeds fishes from the eggs by himself. At the initial stage, he got training from Upazila Fisheries Office on fish farming.

“We have now capable of harvesting 0.536 lakh metric tonnes of surplus fish against the present demand showing annual growth rate of more than five percent,” said Rejaul Islam, divisional deputy director of Department of Fisheries (DoF), here today.

In order to boosting fish production in the country’s internal water-bodies, stock of around 1.04 lakh metric tonnes of fish fingerlings has been arranged in different water-bodies at a cost of around Taka 15.62 crore benefiting 6.84 lakh fish farmers. Besides, beel nursery on 1,370.06 hectares of water-bodies has been installed at a cost of around Taka 2.80 crore benefitting 58,984 fish-growers contributing a lot to boosting carp fishes in internal water bodies.

More than 1.18 lakh fish farmers were imparted training on different categories for boosting safe fish production through the best fish farming development and management.

Apart from this, 835 projection fish farms were established under various uplift schemes aims at expanding modern fish farming system in a massive way through projection.