Women are seen working to dry fishes in Nasirngar of Brahmanbaria. -AA
Hundreds of men and women in fishermen neighborhood of Nasirnagar upazila in Brahmanbaira are passing busy days in drying fishes as the weather this season of the year is suitable for drying fishes in a natural way without using any chemical.
People of different villages including marshes like Atauri, Langan, Beel Balinga, Medir Beel are preparing dried fishes. Bamboo platforms are being made to dry fishes including Punti, Tengra, Shoil, Gazar, Boal, Baim and fishes of other local species. Traders from Sylhet, Kishoreganj, Habiganj, Sunamganj, Narsingdi, Dhaka as well as other parts of the country come Nasirnagar to buy dried fishes.
Sources of Upazila Fisheries Office said, the project of National Agriculture Technology is going on, which will be implemented by three departments. Two CIGs (with twenty persons) have been formed at each union with people who are engaged in manufacturing dried fishes.
An account has been opened in the names of twenty persons. All activities of them will be conducted through this account. Huge dried fishes are produced in Nasir-nagar, Haripur, Bhalakut, Chatalpar unions of the upazila. No chemical is mixed with the dried fishes here.
Fisherman Jibon Das said, it takes Tk 80-90 to buy one kilogram of raw fishes. Four kilograms fishes are needed for producing one kilogram of dried fish. One kilogram of dried fish is sold to a wholesaler at Tk 500-600 per kg. Hira Lal, another fisherman of Nasirnagar, said, we need one month more to market the dried fishes which will be sold to wholesalers from different parts of the country.
Upazila senior Fisheries Officer Arafat Uddin Ahmed said, we keep contact with fishermen. We are trying our best to brand Nasirnagar as a place of dried fishes without toxic chemicals. We will provide all out support to the fishermen in this regard.
-Ashiqur Rahman Mito, Brahmanbaria
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