Fishing trap artisans becoming self-reliant in northern districts

Dhaka,  Thu,  20 July 2017
Published : 17 Jul 2017, 21:10:33
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Fishing trap artisans becoming self-reliant in northern districts

Roving Correspondent


SIRAJGANJ, July 17: Several hundred fishing trap (locally known Kholshany) artisans from different villages of all eight districts of northern region are becoming financially self-reliant preparing variety Kholshany item. They have no time to waste rather passing busy time to prepare adequate commodities.

Around 1500 poor and marginal artisans of Naogaon, Sirajganj, Bogra, Loypurhat, Pabna, Natore, Chapainawabganj, and Rajshahi districts have seen evolving with the jobs from last couple of decades taking short term training from local Non-government Organisation (NGO), said manager of Bangladesh Small & Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) of Joypurhat district Shafiqul Islam.

Generally, the artisans keep themselves busy from last week of June to middle of October to prepare fishing trap items as the rainy season knocks at the doors every year elsewhere the country during the time. They remain motionless rest of the month of the year.

The artisans purchase the long bamboo from the different villages of the region at Tk 100 to 400 according to size and quality, said artisan Asok Kumar, 23, under Baraigram upazila of Natore district. Each Kholshany is being sold Tk from 50 to 700 considering size and quality in the retail market whereas Tk 40 to 600 in the wholesale markets, he added.

In a recent visit this correspondent found around 12,000 people of the region are involving themselves with the profession directly or indirectly to manage the family expenditure. To prepare a small size trap, an artisan has to spend Tk 20 and sold for Tk 50, a middle size need Tk 200 and sold for Tk 400 while a big size is to spend Tk 400 and sold for Tk 800.

"I have started the job four decade back to survive the forefather's profession," said Amullo Chandra, 67, under Dupchanchia upazila of Bogra district.

He again said, "I make around Tk 600 to Tk 800 everyday preparing the different quality fishing traps with the assistant of family members"

The wholesalers from different adjacent places visit the noted region to purchase the fishing trap from the artisans directly with the satisfactory price. The wholesalers sell them to the customers of low lying further corners of the country in the rainy season as it is used as the trap of catching in fishes in the water body, low land, haor, river, canal and pond in the rainy season.

The authority concern said, several hundred poor and marginal man, women, adolescents, physically challenged, widow and educated unemployment are becoming self-reliant involving with the profession.

Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) is disbursing the short term loan facilities amid marginal artisans to run the jobs easily, the authority added.

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