West Bengal: Hilsa fish farming resumes in Bhatar villages as part of Unlock 4
State agriculture department started cultivating Hilsa fish farming in Bhatar village ponds in East Burdwan. This type of Hilsa is often called Pengba or Manipuri Hilsa. The taste and smell are almost the same as in sea Hilsa.
Bengalis have to wait to get the taste of sea Hilsa fish. Fishermen bring fish from the sea to the port. From there it is supplied to different parts of the state. People make a crowd in the markets to buy Hilsa fish. The cost of Hilsa is very high. Therefore, to survive from this situation, the state agriculture department started cultivating Hilsa in the pond. From now on, Hilsa fish will be found in the ponds of rural Bengal.
Hilsa fish farming has been started in the village ponds of Bhatar in East Burdwan. The name of this type of Hilsa is Pengba or Manipuri Hilsa. The taste and smell are almost the same as in sea Hilsa. Hopefully, the price of this Hilsa will be less than sea Hilsa. In order to alleviate the shortage of Hilsa in Bengal, Hilsa fish farming has been started in the village ponds with the initiative of the Agricultural Information Advisory Centre and the Department of Agriculture.
According to the officials of the Department of Agriculture, the Manipuri Hilsa looks a lot like local Puti fish. However, its size is much larger. With the initiative of the Department of Agriculture, the cultivation of Hilsa fish has already started in Mangalkot, Bhatar, Memari, and other blocks of East Midnapore.
Officials said that big fish have to be fed every day. But for Manipur Hilsa cultivation, the Hilsa can survive by eating plant particles in the pond. The Agriculture Department is hopeful that this Manipuri Hilsa will become acceptable to the common people in the upcoming days.