Fish Worth BDT.4.5 Billion Swept Away in the First phase Flood in Bangladesh
The 1st phase floods in Bangladesh hasn’t ended yet. But the forecast is saying that another massive phase is coming soon. This year in the first phase of floods, fish and ponies worth of BDT.4.5 billion washed away from the farms ($1= BDT.85).
The infrastructure of ponds and water sources has damaged to the tune of the worth of BDT.300 million. And more than half of this loss has been caused by the farmers and cultivators of Sylhet division alone. The Department of Fisheries publishes this calculation.
Cyclone Amhpan in Covid-19 situation, followed by floods, has devastated fish farms. Farmers are worried about how to save the remaining fish farms in the upcoming floods.
The government’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Center said the 2nd phase of floods is expected to come in the next couple of days. The first wave of floods, which started on June 26, has inundated low-lying areas in 14 districts of the country. A total of 23 to 25 Districts may be flooded in the upcoming floods.
And most of them probably flooded districts depend on fish farming. As a result, experts have suggested taking measures soon so that the fishes and pornies do not wash away anymore in flood.
However, Rabindra Nath Barman, president of the Bangladesh Small Fishermen’s Association, said, “Fishermen can’t go fishing in the sea amid Covid-19 and Amhpan have caused a lot of damage. The floods are causing more damage.
But so far they have not received any cooperation or assurance from the government. Even at the local level, no suggestion is being given on how to protect fish in ponds and water bodies from floods.”
Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim said, “Fish farmers have suffered a lot due to Covid-19 and cyclone Amhpan. Now the floods are causing damage. The government will always be by the side of these fish cultivators.”
Arif Azad, former Director-General of the Department of Fisheries, said, “Clear guidelines on how to protect fish in ponds and water bodies during floods have formulated at the local and central levels. They should be published quickly. Farmers should protect from fish flow during flooding with financial and technical assistance.”
Arif Azad, former Director-General of the Fisheries Department, said clear instructions on how to protect fish in ponds and projects during floods made locally and centrally. They should be spread quickly. Farmers should be protected from fish floating in floods with financial and technical support.