Md. Shahidul Islam, Khulna District:
The Department of Fisheries and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized an experience-sharing tour on climate-tolerant shrimp production in Dumuria on Thursday.
Under the Community Based Climate Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in Bangladesh Project, a group was formed with 25 shrimp farmers affected by climate change along the Hari River in Bill Tawaliya, Rodaghara Union, Dumuria Upazila. The 20 members of the formed group were shown modern farming methods in Bagda Shrimp Cluster in Barikathi village of the upazila.
It can be seen on the ground that the Barikathi cluster used to cultivate in the traditional way. Before their enclosure was swept away by the tide, they did not have a nursery. On the advice of the present Upazila Fisheries Department, they have repaired and raised the embankment, using blue net for bio-security. Bleaching, preparing the enclosure by applying lime fertilizer. They each sifted through the micronate to enter the surrounding water.
Renu is rearing and cultivating in the nursery. As a result, production has increased 3-4 times as compared to the past. The visit was organized to teach the Baghdad shrimp farmers of Barikathi village the experience of surviving the struggle against climate change. Sanjit Kumar Gain, President, Barikati Cluster, briefed the farmers on the overall struggle. Towards the end of the tour, farmers were shown video documentaries on various aspects of climate change, modern farming methods and multimedia projectors on the Barikathi cluster.
Dumuria Senior Upazila Fisheries Officer co-ordinated the visit. Abubakar Siddique.
Sameer Sarkar, Project Director of the Fisheries Department, Dhaka, and Rajkumar Biswas, Assistant Director, Fisheries Department, Khulna Division were present.
Umme Kulsum, National Climate Change and Risk Management Expert from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was present.