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Fish Culture In Cages Gains Popularity In Gaibandha

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BANGLADESH - Fish culture in cage has gained much popularity among the river basin poor people of the district in recent times for being a profitable income generating venture.

Practical Action Bangladesh, a UK-based international development organisation, is implementing the programme in four upazilas in the district through providing them with all sorts of supports under PFP- Shiree project funded by DFID and GOB, reports The Bangladesh Financial Express.

A total of 600 rivers eroded and threatened people living on the embankment and the bank of the Teesta and Brahmaputra river under Sundarganj, Sadar, Shagata and Fulchhari upazilas in the district have been brought under this programme so far. They are cultivating Tilapia fish in cages with much enthusiasm to meet their growing demand of nutrition and to get extra income from it to change their socio-economic conditions, sources said.

To popularise the fish cultivation in cages Practical Action Bangladesh also distributed fish fingerlings and cages to the cultivators free of cost after imparting them need base training on it, said M. Kamal Hossain, district coordinator of the organization.

M. Salam Miah, a beneficiary of Baguria Village under Sadar Upazila in the district said a cultivator can earn at least TK 3,000 easily by selling 30 kgs of matured Tilapia fish cultivated in a cage within four months and in this way, a cultivator can earn TK 12, 000 by cultivating it in a year.

The people of other parts of the district are showing their keen interest and coming to us to know the technology on how to cultivate fish in the cages with success like ours, he also said.

Talking to the Financial Express, Manager (operation) of Practical Action Bangladesh A. Mannan Mollah said they were getting positive response from the people about fish cultivation in cage and this technology was being expanded day by day in other parts of the district for being more popularised one to the cultivators.