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BAU experts urge for food, income generation plans for Haor people

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Experts in a seminar at Bangladesh Agricultural University expressing concern about the suffering of Haor people due to recent flash flood. The seminar was held at the University\'s Fisheries Faculty Conference Room on Thursday.

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Mahdi Hasan, BAU :

Experts and scientists on Thursday urged the government and other donor and financial organizations to support the Haor people by providing food, promoting income generating activities, loan with low-interest to improve the condition.
They also expressed that promotion of trading low-price fish in Haor areas from other part of country should be managed by the Department of Fisheries (DoF) to decrease the pressure on fisheries resources in Haor water body.
They were addressing a seminar on "Investigation and Assessment of Fish Mortality in Haor" in Fisheries Faculty Conference Room of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU).
An expert team, led by Prof Dr Mohammad Mahfuzul Haque of aquaculture department of BAU, has published their findings and recommendation in the seminar. The team has visited Tanguar haor, Halir haor and Dekhar haor from 24th April to 26th April.
Based on their observation and analysis of samples, they said that decreased dissolved oxygen and increased acidity of water due to decomposition of immature paddy grain, shrubs and other organic materials caused the fish mortality.
They found no sign of heavy metal intoxication or disease infection in their collected samples of water, soil, fish and duck carcasses.
The expert team also recommended to introduce cage culture of fish as an alternative income source, regular vigilance of fishing and monitoring of whole situation by DoF, fisheries research institute and other related NGOs.
They also urged the government and development organizations to take necessary steps that the situation would not become worse while the deposition will enhanced by the sun in the late years.
The present situation in Haor areas is a national crisis, said dean of fisheries faculty Prof Dr Subas Chandra Charkrabarti. Everyone and every organization related to Haor should work together to overcome the hazard and make happy Haor again, he added.
The academicians and graduate students of the fisheries faculty attended the seminar.

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