Shameem Ahmed, Magura
Fish farming in floating cage system by individual initiative began in rivers of Magura. The program was inaugurated on Monday afternoon by releasing fish fries in a cage in Madhumati river of Mohammadpur upazila in the district.
Narayan Chandra Das, District Fisheries Officer, attended the function as the chief guest with Sadikur Rahman, Mohammadpur UNO, in the chair. District Fisheries Survey Officer Wahiduzzaman Swapan, General Secretary of Magura Press Club Shamim Khan, President of Mohammedpur Press Club Kamrul Hasan were also present as special guests.
Pankaj Roy, the entrepreneur of fish farming in the cage in Madhumati River, said that the government has been providing Tk 2 lakh for every 10 cages. The remaining expenditure will be implemented by his individual initiative. If this activity is successful, many other people will also be interested to cultivate fish by cage.
District Fisheries Office informed that the demand for fish in Magura is 17 thousand metric tonnes per year. The district is facing deficiency of fish. For this, District Fisheries Department has taken various programs to meet the needs of this fish like case system fish farming. If this cultivation becomes successful, deficiency of fish in the district would be mitigated easily.
As the river has plenty of natural food, the fish will increase faster due to less food for the fish. In this method, faster production of fish is possible due to the density of the natural environment in the river. As a result, it is possible to cope with the shortage of fish through the production of fish in a short time. On the other hand, unemployment can be reduced in the area, Fisheries Office added.