Farmers of Chalpukhuria village under Kawlakhali union in Sadar upazila have started fish farming in their paddy fields that remain under water for a couple of months every year.
The Brac sponsored initiative helped villagers earn extra from their land.
For the first time in July this year, 42 farmers of the village jointly freed in their 15 acres of underwater croplands different varieties of carp fry worth Tk 3,37,470 donated by Brac.
After four months, as the water of the paddy fields receded, farmers gathered their fishes amounting to around 100 maunds and put them to several nearby ponds for further growth.
“The NGO inspired us to cultivate fish in our paddy fields where water keeps standing for long," said Abdur Razzak, a beneficiary of the project.
“Now we have decided to cultivate fish in our paddy field every year,” said Md Belayet Hossain, another beneficiary.
“Now the farmers in my union have learnt to use their growing paddy field also for profitable fish cultivation,” said Nasiruddin Ahmed, chairman of Kawlakhali union parishad.
“We always inspire the fish farmers and give them technical support. Brac's programme will inspire them to cultivate more fish," said District Fisheries Officer Md Oliur Rahman.
Brac is conducting such programme in nine upazilas of nine districts under 'Agriculture and Food Safety Programme' in the coastal areas to increase fish production and meet the demand of protein,” said Taposh Ghosh, regional manager of Brac.