Taking cue from YouTube, BD youth farms fish in yard pools

Comilla, June 26 – Iqbal Hossain, a youth of Shubhanagar village in Sadar Upazila, has started farming fish in backyard pools. He taught himself the technique by watching a tutorial on youtube, the video blogging site.
“I started farming fish in yard pool as a hobby but now I’ve been providing fish to nearby families after meeting my own family demand,” Iqbal said. It was indeed a good video on YouTube to become interested in fish farming in a yard pool, he said.
Iqbal went on saying, “I dug three pools of seven by eight feet in size and started farming fish in January last for a total expense of Tk 1lakh and 20 thousand.”
“First, I started with different species but later decided to farm Sing, Tilapia and Pangas in the yard pools.” Now he has good quantities of fish in the three pools, he added.
Comilla District Fisheries Officer Abdul Kuddus Akhanda said, “Anyone can farm fish in yard pools if water and sufficient oxygen are available.”
Fish can grow in a pool without any chemical. And this is healthy and environment-friendly, Kuddus said. “This short-range fish farming would accelerate the country’s position in world fish production rate,” he said.
District Fisheries Officer Kuddus also said the nutritional needs of a family can be met by this type of fish farming at a very low cost. – UNB