DINAJPUR, Dec 18: Fish farmers of Biral, Fulbari and Birampur upazilas of the district have become successful by cultivating shrimp in sweet water.
Producing shrimp in sweet water seemed to be impossible, but the cultivators here have made it successful, according to sources.
Shrimp requires less production cost but has greater monetary output. Besides producers' efforts, local Fisheries Department also played an important role in achieving the success.
Foyez Mohammad Chowdhury Murad of Ekoir village under Jod Bani union in Birampur upazila said, "I have been successful in producing shrimp and earned a lot by selling the produce this year. Though I have been cultivating fish for the last 10 to 12 years, I started shrimp cultivation on my 70-decimal pond from this year. For feeding the shrimps I use rice, rice powder and broken snails which are available at less cost. An average shrimp of my enclosure weighs about 200 to 220 grams. Besides shrimp, there are other fishes also in my pond including rui, katla, mrigel and grass-carp."
Birampur Upazila Fisheries Officer Abdul Latif Sheikh said if the produced shrimp could be carried to Khulna or Chittagong in time, producers would get better prices. He further said, "If shrimp growers face any problem, I provide them with necessary advices. There is a close understanding between fisheries officials and shrimp producers here. Producers need to go through a three- to five-day long training over shrimp cultivation."
District Fisheries Officer Md Hasan Ferdous said, "Everybody knows that shrimp is generally produced in Khulna, Bagerhat and coastal belt areas, but we want to change that view, and for this, we have introduced its cultivation in Dinajpur. It is being produced here successfully, and I hope that it will spread to other areas."