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Lobster farming in pond becomes boon for a youth in Jhenaidah

  • Published at 07:37 am October 26th, 2020
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Lobsters from the pond of Shohag Kumar Biswas in Jhenaidah's Kaliganj upazila | Dhaka Tribune

The youth is eyeing a profit of Tk3 lakh since he began farming lobsters and carp fishes 7 months ago

Lobster farming in a pond has become lucrative to a youth in Jhenaidah's Kaliganj upazila who completed his honours in Agriculture and then completed an internship in fish farming.

The youth, Shohag Kumar Biswas is eyeing a profit of at least Tk3 lakh in seven months since he began farming of carp fishes and lobsters at a 66 decimal pond in Mohadebpur village of Jhenaidh's Kaliganj upazila.

Shohag said that at the end of February this year, he released 3,200  pieces of young lobsters (100 of which makes a kilogram) and 3,000 pieces of other carp hatchlings in his pond. "Each young lobster cost Tk18. Preparing the pond, fish feed, probiotics and hiring workers in the past seven months had cost me Tk3 lakh.”

"If everything goes well I can secure a yield of 300kg of lobsters and 1,000kg of carp fish, which have a total market price of at least Tk6 lakh," estimated Shohag.

When asked about the farm's management, Shohag said: "Lobster feed was provided every morning around 10am and at 7pm in the evening. Floating fish feed was provided around 4pm. The fish are usually fed depending on their weight. Hundred kilograms of fish need about three to four kgs of feed. If oxygen level is low, aerator is used to maintain oxygen levels.”

"Lobsters are yet to gain popularity in local markets (Jhenaidah). I have contacted a trader in Satkhira and the lobsters will be sent there. The carp fishes will be sold in local markets,” Shohag added.

"My father has been farming carp fishes for about four years. Watching him, I dreamt of being a fisheries entrepreneur. After completing honours from the International University of Business Agriculture and Technology in Dhaka, I interned at Gazi Fish Farm in Mongla in 2018.”

Saidur Rahman Reza, a senior fisheries officer in the upazila said: "The weather in Kaliganj is suitable for lobster farming. We have been encouraging people to farm lobsters here as it's profitable. If anyone takes the initiative the upazila office will provide full support."

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