Fisheries Dept alerts fish farmers to flood risks

The Fisheries Department warned farmers to prevent flooding on fish farms.
Fish farming contributes to food security and export earnings. Fish farmers are warned of possible flooding on fish farms triggered by heavy rainfalls and river floods. Fish farms are asked to follow safety management to prevent flooding and mitigate loss.
The warnings include placing sandbags in low areas of fish ponds to increase height and capacity and prevent the banks of ponds from being washed away during floods, surrounding fish ponds with nets to stop the escape of fish during floods, filling sandbags and putting bamboo railing in fish farms that lie next to water currents, prepare fishing nets, motor boats and equipment to relocate fish if needed and prioritize large fish in relocation.
Additionally, fish feed and equipment must be relocated to safe places. Fish farmers must keep the fish from escaping with a regular feeding monitor inundated places that are vulnerable to flooding and the condition of fish ponds. They must be ready to inform the Fisheries Department of any unusual cases in a timely manner.
Moreover, fish farmers need to stay alert by listening to emergency meteorological warnings from state-owned radio and broadcasting agencies and reading daily newspapers for weather warnings. They are encouraged to disseminate information among them. They can ask for help from the nearest Fisheries Department in emergency cases, the Fisheries Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation warned. — NN/EM

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