40 per cent fisheries destroyed in Bara district

Bara, July 16

Floods triggered by incessant rainfall have destroyed around 40 per cent fisheries in Bara.

According to Fisheries Entrepreneurs’ Association Bara Chairman Jung Bahadur Sah, the floods in Bakaiya Khola and Pasaha Khola has swept away around 4,000 metric tonnes of fish from different fish ponds in the district. “Farmers in the district had to bear huge loss after floods swept away fish from their ponds,” he added.

The floods mostly destroyed fisheries in Bodhban Rambaran, Baluwa, Kakadi of Kohlbi Municipality, Umajan, Pipara of Karaiyamai Rural Municipality, Kacharwa, Amritgunj, Uchidiha of Simraunagadh Municipality, and Benauli, Bairiya and Birta of Pachhrauta Municipality. Similarly, the floods destroyed fish ponds in Kawahi Goth of Subarna Rural Municipality and Rohahi of Devtal Rural Municipality.

This year, farmers in the district had aimed to produce more than 49,000 metric tonnes fish, which was around 10,000 tonnes more than last year’s production. Around 2,040-hectare land has been used in the district for commercial pisciculture. Fish Development Officer Daya Ram Harijan said that continuous rainfall and floods destroyed fisheries in more than 815-hectare land.

Similarly, incessant rainfall and floods also destroyed seasonal crops in 50,300-hectare land in the district. Agriculture Knowledge Centre, Bara, said continuous rainfall destroyed paddy fields and seasonal vegetables.

Chief at the knowledge centre Jitendra Yadav said floods destroyed vegetables in 25,000 hectare and paddy fields in 23,000 hectares. Likewise, 2,000-hectare maize fields and 300-hectare banana plantations were destroyed in the district.

He said that complete details of the loss incurred by the farmers would be collected in coordination with local levels.