Wednesday, 17 August, 2022

Flood in Netrakona

Fish farmers suffer Tk 11.57cr loss

Fish farmers suffer Tk 11.57cr loss

NETRAKONA: Fish farmers in Netrakona have incurred a loss of around Tk 11.57 crore due to heavy rains and floods, according to a report by the Department of Fisheries.

Fish farms on a total of 3,538 hectares of land have been inundated by flash floods in 10 upazilas of the district.

Most of the fish farmers had taken loans from banks, which have become a burden now. The flood ruined their dreams as they have lost everything they had invested in fish farming.

Md Rokonuzzaman Khan, owner of Nipa Agro Fisheries, said that he had cultivated various species of fish in 100 decimals of land. “All of the fish were ready for sale. I had hoped that I would get Tk 30 lakh by selling these fish. But sudden flooding has destroyed my hope completely.”

“I had taken Tk 12 lakh as loan from a bank. I have no idea how I’ll repay my debt,” Rokonuzzaman said.

Md Arifur Rahman and Mukhlesur Rahman, two other fish farm owners, said that they cultivated fish worth Tk two crore in 34 acres of land.

They too had taken a loan of Tk 1.9 crore from a bank. But all of their fish have been washed away by flood.

“I had taken Tk 11 lakh as loan from Bangladesh Krishi Bank. I had also taken money from some of my acquaintances. I had invested Tk 30 lakh in fish farming. But all of my dreams were ruined. I’ll have to spend the rest of my life in repaying my debts,” said Md Ilyas Talukder, another fish farmer from Netrakona’s Baushi union.

According to Mohammad Shahjahan Kabir, Fisheries Officer of Netrakona district, a total of 15,826 fish farmers and fish farm owners have been affected due to severe flooding. 

“Around 3,500 hectares of area used as fish farms have been affected by the flood. Farmers incurred losses of Tk 11.57 crore,” said Shahjahan.