Project for boosting fish production and poverty eradication
GAIBANDHA, Nov 28 (BSS) – A project entitled ‘Poverty Reduction and Livelihood Security for the People of Economically Depressed Areas’ is being implemented by the fisheries department at 135 upazilas in 23 districts of the country.
The aim of the project designed for four years from July 2010 is to enhance fish production in the country to meet the growing demand of the nutrition of the people through utilizing the existing water bodies of the country.
Besides, it helps local fishermen to involve in alternative income generating activities for passing their hardships without economical troubles during the lean period and dry season.
A total of 80,000 poor men including fishermen would be brought under the project and they would be provided with fish fries, bicycles, big pots, financial support and other assets like goat and sheep, sources said.
On November 24, an awareness workshop organized by the department was held in the conference room of district fisheries officer of the town here.
The function was held with acting DFO Khirod Kumar Paul in the chair while project director (PD) M Nazrul Islam attended the function and addressed it as the chief guest.
The function was also addressed, among others, by senior Palashbari Upazila fisheries officer Aftab Hossain and Sadullapur upazila fisheries officer Abu Bakar Siddique.
The speakers in their speeches urged all to culture fish in modern method and to protect the indigenous fish spices including mother fishes to increase its production through establishing fish sanctuaries in the nearby water bodies.
All the upazila fisheries officers and 60 members of community base organization and fishermen participated in the workshop.