Socio-economic status of fishermen of the Marjat Baor at Kaligonj in Jhenidah district, Bangladesh

Sanjoy Banerjee Bappa, Md. Mer Mosharraf Hossain, Bipul Kumar Dey, Shirin Akter, Md. Hasan-Uj-Jaman

Abstract


This study was carried out to assess the socio-economic status of fishermen of the Marjat Baor at Kaligonj of Jhenidah district. Fifty fishermen from 50 families were interviewed. Results revealed that 94% respondents were married and age varied between 30 and 45 years. Almost all the fishermen were Hindus (96%). Most of the people of the community were illiterate (60%) and among all of the school going children (58%) were boys and (42%) were girls. Above fifty percent people lived in nuclear family. 40% people lived in earthen house, constructed by grass leaves and mud. Only a few (18%) of them were found to be use electricity. Primary occupation of 60% respondents was fishing and few were also involved in agriculture. They were often found to suffer from various diseases due to lack of pure drinking water. Majority of them got fever and receive treatment from quack. Only twelve percent (12%) women were engaged in making nets for fishing. Annual household income of maximum beneficiaries (44%) was below BDT 30,000 and above BDT 50,000 found in only 4% cases. In the present study, educational, organizational, and technical credit support were very crucial to develop their better socio-economic conditions.


Keywords


Fishermen; Marjat Baor; oxbow lake; socio-economics; livelihood; Jhenidah

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17017/jfish.v2i2.2014.19

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