The fish farmers’ fair gave hope to farmers in Natore at a time when they are struggling to cope with high production costs.
At the fair, organized by NGO World Fish and event partner June 5 Communications and held on Saturday at the grounds of Ahmedpur Degree College at Baraigram upazila in Natore, farmers learned how to improve their profits , farming in an integrated way, obtaining loans and exporting fish. .
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Farmers attended classes on farming different types of fish, including species nearly extinct at the fair.
Farmers at the fair said the knowledge gained would go a long way to improving their farms and farming methods.
Rajib Kumar Sarkar, a farmer from Natore sadar upazila, said he spends his days producing crops. But many farmers like him are totally dependent on fish farming. These days they are losing money in fish farming.
He went to the fair and learned several methods of fish farming as well as how to easily access bank loans and how to process fish for export.
Saveuzzaman Moin, a fish farmer from Jamnagar village in Bagatipara upazila, said the fair was useful for everyone. “I hope that with the knowledge I have acquired in this fair, I can make more profit by producing fish in my three-acre pond.”
The fair was opened by Alvaro Paz Mendez, Project Manager, World Fish Bangladesh.
Mendez said, “Bangladesh is the sixth largest aquatic producer in the world and fish is also a big part of the diet. This means that aquaculture plays a key role in providing not only high quality protein, but also important nutrients.
The fair was also attended by officials from Department of Fisheries, TMSS, Brac, Bengal Meat Processing Industries Limited, Bank Asia, The Right Kind and Mega Feed.
Various organizations participate in the fair and present their activities related to fish farming, food management, credit, marketing to fish farmers.