TIP canal to open up new horizon in N-region pisciculture : Noor

Dhaka,  Sun,  23 October 2016
Published : 16 Oct 2016, 20:40:37

TIP canal to open up new horizon in N-region pisciculture : Noor

Our Correspondent

NILPHAMARI, Oct 16: Teesta Irrigation Project (TIP) canal may open up new horizon in pisciculture in the country's northern region.

Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor said this while releasing fish fry in the canal at a ceremony in Chanderhat area under Sadar Upazila of the district today.

The minister released fry between Harish Chandra Pat and Chanderhat segment of the canal.

MP of Jaldhaka Upazila Golam Mostafa and MP of Kishorgonj Upazila Soakot Chowdhury were present on the occasion.

The main canal and main branch canal of TIP in the portion of Nilphamari has been divided into 13 segments in Sadar, Kishorgonj, Dimla and Jaldhaka upazilas to cultivate fish there.

According to Water Development Board (WDB), the main canal of TIP has a length of 34 km and breath 150 feet and its main branch canal has a length of 275 km and breadth 100 feet stretching across Rangpur, Dinajpur and Bogra districts.

Sources said committees have been formed in each of the segments of the canals. Each committee of a segment comprises seven-member executive board and all general members are to be considered as beneficiaries.

There are 2607 beneficiaries of the entire project area out of which 492 beneficiaries are in Sadar, 463 beneficiaries in Dimla, 673 beneficiaries in Kishorgonj and 979 beneficiaries in Jaldhaka upazilas, sources added.

Fish fry were provided free of cost by the Fisheries Department and the beneficiaries would enjoy the total benefit of it.

Abdul Mannan, president of Harish Chandra Pat Segment Committee, said there was such an initiative of pisciculture in TIP canal during the former care-taker government which was very fruitful.

District Fisheries Officer Hasan Ferdous said pisciculture in the TIP canal would not create any harm to the canals instead of increasing fish production. He said the district need 33 tonnes of fish every year but it produce only 21 tonnes. He said the initiative would enable to overcome the deficit.

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