|Sweet water shrimps, commonly known as galda, are seen at a demonstration pond at a farm in Bogra. Photo: STAR|
Farmers are now cultivating other fish instead of shrimp due to absence of mother shrimp, said Abdul Mohit Talukder, owner of G M Aqua Culture Ltd, which pioneered sweet water shrimp farming in the area four years ago.
Local farmers are incurring huge loss as they now cannot cultivate export-oriented prawn, commonly known as galda, added Mohit Talukder.
He also said the shrimp cultivators of the two districts are incurring a loss of at least Tk 1 crore every month as they are unable to cultivate galda.
During a visit to the farms, Rezaul Islam Hira, owner of Sagar Matsya Khamar, said the farmers need government support to resume galda cultivation.
Showing a few prawns at a demonstration pond, Mohit Talukder said at least 1000 pieces of mother shrimps are needed every month for his farm spreading on 63 acres of land.