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Sunderbans Villagers To Farm Fish In Ponds, Stay Away From Tiger Habitat

Sunderbans is the world’s largest mangrove forest intersected by rivulets and creeks


The West Bengal Forest Department on Monday distributed fingerling fish to villagers in Sunderbans in South 24 Parganas district to dissuade them from going into creeks, adjoining to the core forest space, to catch shrimps, crabs and accumulate firewood.

Chief Wildlife Warden VK Yadav stated lots of of fingerlings got to villagers in distant areas for elevating fish in ponds in order that they don’t negotiate the creeks crisscrossing the forest and fall prey to tigers.

It takes about 7 to 10 days for the spawn to develop as much as “fry stage”. Then they develop as much as 10-15 cm measurement or roughly equal to the scale of a finger, therefore they’re generally known as fingerlings.

“We are organising such programmes in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF). We will cover 26 joint forest management committees (JFMC) who will dig 20 ponds in each village,” Mr Yadav stated.

Mostly rohu fingerlings will likely be grown by a bunch of villagers, related to a selected pond, and offered in markets. Fishermen have been additionally supplied with small ovens fitted with LPG cylinders to cease them from accumulating firewood from the reserve forest.

As choices are restricted within the Sunderbans – the world’s largest mangrove forest intersected by rivulets and creeks – fishermen usually anchor their boats on the banks and enter the jungle to gather wooden. Many of them are mauled to dying by tigers.

As many as 100 LPG-run ovens have been equipped to the fishermen and one other 500 could be lined below the scheme within the coming days, he stated.

State Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee, who was current on the programme at Kumirmari village, stated the federal government needed to make sure zero-casualty in tiger assaults by offering technique of livelihood in order that fishermen needn’t go to forests.

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