The value of Satkhira’s fresh water fish is increasing day by day. Those involved in this industry are having a busy time due to the demand of these dry goods in various districts of the country including the northern region. Businessmen say that it is possible to meet the needs of the country and export to foreign countries if government patronage is received. The fisheries department said there are plans to train the dry cleaners.
Binerpota, Trishmail in Satkhira district and some surrounding areas have been producing dried freshwater silvercarp, bata, tilapia, puti and mrigel fish for the past few years. Fish is bought wholesale at the rate of 8 thousand taka per maund and after processing, dry fish is sold wholesale for 18 to 20 thousand taka per maund.
As producers, the district is producing more than 1,000 tonnes of dry sugarcane annually. The dry goods produced by them are sent to different areas of the country including Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet. Producers say that there is a huge potential in the district due to the production of fresh water fish. Those involved in this industry have sought the government’s cooperation to exploit this potential.
Maqbool, a dry fish farmer, said, “We dry fish on the banks of the Binerpotai river. Silver and putty are dried and sent to different parts of the country. It goes to different areas of the country including Dhaka, Chittagong, Rangpur, Sylhet. Although the profit is low, its demand is high.’
Arman Mia, another shutki farmer, said, ‘Fish is brought to the farm and the scales are removed first. Later it is cut. Take out pulses from the stomach. Then put it in a barrel with salt. After two days, clean it with a brush and dry it in the sun. After that I export the package.’
The fisheries department said there are plans to train producers to produce healthy shoutki.
Satkhira District Fisheries Officer Anichur Rahman said, ‘Low-priced fish such as silver carp, mrigel and puti are being dried in Binerpota with such low-priced fish. Sending to different parts of the country. Apart from this, shutki are being fed as food in local vetki farms. As a result, its demand is huge. Employment is increasing in Shutki village. In future, they will be trained on how to prepare shutkis in a healthy manner.’
This year, 63,000 freshwater fish have been cultivated in 7 upazilas of the district. The production target is 1 lakh 30 thousand tons.