Completely broke after failed attempt to go abroad six years ago, Naren Halder is now a successful fish farmer.
Naren, 45, from Dariabad village under Nazirpur upazila in the district, paid a good amount of money to a travel agency for going to Yemen to bring solvency in his family.
But suddenly he came to know that several of his acquaintances had left Yemen as a devastating war broke out there.
“I could not go to Yemen and the travel agency did not return my money, which I had managed by borrowing from relatives, neighbours and several NGOs. Losing everything, I had to pass days half-starved with my family,” Naren said.
Then one of his lenders, a local fish farmer suggested him to start fish farming and also extended cooperation for the purpose.
“Then I started cultivation of walking fish of Vietnam variety and telapia in an enclosure. I made a good profit within a short time and continued fish farming with full cooperation from my wife Shamoly Halder,” he said.
He has already made two fish enclosures on 70 decimals of leased land. After every three months, he can sell fish that brings him profit of around Tk 2 lakh.
Naren also grows vegetables on the bank of the fish enclosures and sells the produces for good profit.
Now he leads a happy life with his wife and three daughters – the eldest of them is a university student, another attends a local high school and the youngest one is five years’ old.
Naren demands that the authorities take steps to reduce the price of fish meal and arrange easy bank loan for the fish farmers.
Wholesale buyers from different areas buy fish from Naren’s enclosure.
“The fish from Naren’s enclosure has special demand to the customers as its quality is good,” said Hasan Sheikh, a wholesale buyer.
Inspired by Naren, at least 20 people of the village have involved in fish farming, said Probhas Halder, villager.
Tapan Kumar Bepary, Nazirpur upazila fisheries officer, said they give logistic support to Naren for fish cultivation.
For success in fish farming, Naren and his wife has got prizes in the upazila level during the National Fisheries Week in July this year.