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all around this village. Money is at the ponds. Shahbazpur was once a village that remained far behind from development. Small farmers have brought fortune with the help of the ponds. All the villagers are now fish-farmers. Farmers who merely counted in hundreds, now count in millions. Viewers, we visited this village during January, 2010. Everyone was so surprised seeing the optimism. Not due to the fish-farmers or the ponds, but this village has been named after a fish. It’s Catfish (Koi) village. Due to plenty of catfish around the village, the original name Shahbazpur is nowhere to be found. The success of this village is only five years old. Before five years, people of this village had no success, happiness, peace or self-reliance. Nobody ever gave a thought over the development of the village. It’s the fate of those who are always behind- that’s how they took their poverty as sealed. But when the poverty is fading away, the people of this village are now well-aware in identifying the socio-economic crises. They can surely point out why they’re still pushed back and it’s clear like mathematics. January, 2010. During that time all the people were talking about the success of catfish farming. Fish-farmers mentioned about the difficulties of marketing even during the full season of catfish. They have to count loss of thousands of taka. This road is at the centre of their suffering. You can never realize the distress not until the rainy season has arrived. Sound-bite: Fish-farmer interview (Old footage) Fourteen days later, we reached the catfish village on a rainy day of Ashar month (Bengali month). We wanted to capture the road on our camera. Many trucks queued at the entry road of Shahbazpur. The road condition is so poor. We couldn’t move ahead. And, these trucks can’t enter the villages; that’s why fish-farmers aren’t interested to catch fish from ponds. Because, when they catch fish from ponds, the price starts falling down. Though, this season should have been eventful, but the situation is just the opposite. To observe the situation we were trying to reach the actual scene with the help of our shooting van. Presentation: On camera We crossed the hurdle of muds by car. But, that’s it- we can’t move a single step ahead. We tried a lot, but failed.
We covered a report on the distress in the nearby region of water-logged Bhabodaho in Jessore’s Abhoynagar where shrimp farming expanded very well. Fish will bring money. Sound-bite: . Only in Shahbazpur. hundreds of shrimp farmers’ lives were at stake.5 kilometres of broken road from Ekhtarpur to Bakardanga.this road was in a very bad shape. Sound-bite Farmers are saying the village representatives know everything but they’re not taking any effective initiatives. it’s only 2. Farmers brought their stories of agony to Hridoye Mati O Manush. only because of this road. Interview: Catfish farmer. The villagers are very close to development. This road is the biggest barrier for the fish-farmers during the marketing season. Mymensingh Farmers need to put the eggs in the ponds with better quality food and rearing. Now. It’s only about couple of months. LGED constructed the road. Only due to 1. Kashem Bepari just caught catfish from his pond. many a times. Smiles were all over thousands of agricultural households. People of catfish village or Shahbazpur want this road to be constructed.75 kilometres of road. Shahbazpur. But. Interview: Catfish farmer. Charnilokhkhia. the construction of the road is definitely the greatest urge of all the villagers. This is a smaller one. construction of which might have ensured smiles for thousands of farmers. bridges and culverts to ensure rural development. Mymensingh From Shahbazpur to Baushi Bazar. not only for themselves. Charnilokhkhia. They want this because of fluent marketing of their catfish. We thank Local Government Engineering Department. this department has built roads. According to the farmers. around 30-40 crore taka worth catfish is being farmed every year. but still they’re behind. We got the evidence. All over the country. This has influenced the very vital socio-economic aspect of the village. they’re losing around 5-7 crore taka. only one or two kilometres of road stayed beyond their attention. They had earnest appeal to Hridoye Mati O Manush. Farmers are farming catfish with many hardships. After we broadcasted the report. From Charpuliamari to Muktijodhdha Bazar. There are around 500 ponds in the village. This is also a two-year old story.Viewers-a two-year old story. Shahbazpur. Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) took immediate action to construct the road.
from Shivganj upazila to Tarapur village in Chanpainawabganj. Roads. for example. government will take initiative to build a 1.Dear viewers.that’s how the farmers believe that their miseries will finally end. government should come forward and give those people a hand to help them tackle their crises. Ashannagar road in Jhenaidah’s Shadhuhati union. Because. After the broadcast of this programme.all these roads were built as Hridoye Mati O Manush strongly knocked the policy level of the government to make it happen for the sake of rural farmers. We also hope like them. .75 (Guessing) kilometre road in Shahbazpur also known as catfish village. People who went onward with their own efforts. Jessore’s Abhoynagar. Muktijodhdha bazaar in Mymensingh’s Charpuliamari. We’ll have to remember that these people are not only becoming successful. but they’re relentlessly meeting the protein demand of Bangladesh. fish farmers of this region have expressed all their sufferings in front of the camera of Hridoye Mati O Manush.75 (On script) or 2. they’ve seen earlier that government had previously taken initiatives to build roads and bridges after the story was broadcast on Hridoye Mati O Manush.
it’s now titled as 'Catfish (Koi) village'. It’s the fate of those who are always behind.they reach out for solution. They have to count loss of thousands of taka. Fish-farmers mentioned about the difficulties of marketing even during the full season of catfish. farmers aren't able to get the right price. But when the poverty is fading away. people of this village are now well-aware in identifying the socio-economic crises. Fishermen can't transport their fish properly because of the road that is actually connected to the highway. That's why. Money is at the ponds. Before five years. Shahbazpur was once a village that remained far behind from development. A road is at the centre of their suffering.that’s how they took their poverty as sealed. peace or self-reliance. people of this village had no success. During rainy season. We visited this village during January. happiness. . Small farmers have brought fortune with the help of the ponds! All the villagers are now fish-farmers. The success of this village is only five years old. Shahbazpur is now known by the name of a fish. Farmers who merely counted in hundreds. Shahbazpur. No trucks can come in the village and fishes either rot or lose its colour. We were so surprised seeing the optimism among the catfish farmers. 2010. now count in millions. They can surely point out why they’re still pushed back.Headline: Shahbazpur turns 'Catfish' village Text: Money-ponds are all around this village. People of this village want this road to be constructed so that they can market catfish in time. the situation is even worse. Nobody ever gave a thought over the development of the village.
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