Database for fishermen must: Narayan

DHAKA, – State Minister for Fisheries and Animal Resources Narayan Chandra Chanda today underscored the need for developing a database for the fishermen in order to offer them right kind of supports for their development, reports BSS.

“There is no alternative to develop a fishermen database in the country. This database would help the government while giving a platform for the fishermen to be organized, raise their voices and establish community rights,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion in the city.

Coast Trust, a non-profit, organized the discussion on ‘Fishermen’s Contribution to National Economy and Their Recognitions’ at CIRDAP auditorium, where Golam Mostafa Biswas, MP, General Secretary of ‘Barisal Khudra Motsho Jele Samity’ Anwar Shikder and Cost Group Director Sanat Kumar Bhowmick, among others, spoke.

Narayan Chanda said fishing has been one of the oldest professions in the country, but the fate of the fishermen has hardly been changed. This is partly because the fishermen did not find the right path to change their fate by themselves.

For instance, he said, a small saving from their income might have a great impact on their families and generations. Adaptation to the innovations in fish cultivation could also help them to earn more, he added.

Referring to the profitable cultivations of ‘vetki/koral’ fish and shrimp in the country, the state minister said enclosed fish farming in open waters, with cage and net, could also bring luck for the fishermen.

The government’s fisheries and agriculture department would be happy to help them in technology transfers, he added.