Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | ePaper

117 sea-weeds in Bay of Bengal identified for cultivation

  • Print
A Correspondent :
The 710 km long sea beach and 25,000 sq km wide coastal area of the district are suitable for sea-weed cultivation.
Scientists of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) of the district have identified 117 varieties of sea-weed after six years of their research. Of these, they proved that 10 varieties are exportable and commercially profitable.
Director General (DG) of BFRI and renowned fisheries scientist Dr Yahia Mahmud called for using the invented technology of the scientists at field level in order to strengthen the blue economy of the country.
The information was unveiled at a recent workshop entitled "Prospects of sea weed cultivation at Cox's Bazar coastal area and things to do" by Marine Fisheries and Technology Station (MFTS) of BFRI.
BFRI DG Dr Yahia Mahmud said, "If the technology invented by the scientists is not used at field level, it is of no use to invent anything. We need to use the marine resources at most to strengthen the blue economy."
The research says that the sea-weed is locally known as 'Hejala".
MFTS of BFRI of the district have been conducting research since 2013.
The research found that sea-weed could be cultivated naturally from Nuniachara to Nazirartek area of Bakkhali River-Maheshkhali Channel estuarine at Sadar Upazila of the district and at different areas of Maheshkhali Island.
The researchers of the institute have evaluated the nutritious values and the adaptability of the invented varieties of the sea weeds.
The scientists of the institute have so far identified 117 varieties of sea-weed. They have also determined the nutritional values of the sea-weeds.
It also has prospects to be used as raw materials in food and industrial sectors.
Besides using it as food grain, it can be used as raw material in medicine, textile, papers, and gel type of production.  
Besides, it can be used as fertiliser on the land, food grain for animals and in producing salt.
Sea weed is rich in minerals. It has received acceptability to be used as food grain.
These sea weeds are high in protein, calcium, potassium and other important mineral essential for human body. The scientists said that the nutritional values of the sea weeds are effective in treating heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and iodine related goitre disease.
Sea weeds can be used to lower the cholesterol level in blood. It can be used to prevent goitre.
Although the sea weed does not have popularity as food grain in the country, it has high demand and high price in the international market said, Dr Yahia Mahmud.
He thinks that huge foreign currency can be earned by exporting these to abroad.
The scientists highlighting the research said that most sea weeds grow at Teknaf Saint Martin's Island and Inani areas.
The scientists further said sea weeds generally grow on big stones, coral, shell of oyster and snail, tree roots and hard soil.
They also said the growth of sea weeds is higher in Bangladesh than that of India. The weeds can be cultivated for 210 days in a year in India but only for 90 days in Bangladesh.
The scientists said sea weed can be cultivated in six months from November to May at different places in the country. The most favourable time for the cultivation is in between January to March.
The institute has invented the cultivation technology of growing the weeds in horizontal netting process by using coconut rope and nylon fishing net.
In this technology, cultivations of three types of sea weeds have been invented.
The productivity of Hipnia variety of sea weed is similar to that of India.

More News For this Category

Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel MP distributing money yesterday among the family members of gas line explosion at Patharghata.

Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel MP distributing money yesterday among the family members of gas line explosion at Patharghata.

Adequate winter vegetables supply in Chattogram kitchen markets

A Correspondent :There are adequate supply of  winter vegetables in kitchen markets across Chattogram. Surprisingly, their prices are within the reach of the lower middle class compared to last week,

Commander M A Monsur Uddin speaking at a  meeting of Muktijoddher Bijoy Mela Parishad at Port City.

Commander M A Monsur Uddin speaking at a meeting of Muktijoddher Bijoy Mela Parishad at Port City.

CU celebrates 53rd founding anniversary

 CU Correspondent :The Chattogram University (CU) authorities celebrated its 53th founding anniversary on Monday amid festivity and enthusiasm.In this connection, the teachers and students of the University brought out a

Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Bandarban District Unit arranged round table conference on their activities  at Sadar Upazila Parishad Conference Room recently.

Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Bandarban District Unit arranged round table conference on their activities at Sadar Upazila Parishad Conference Room recently.

 Tk 234cr realised in 4 days

Tk 234cr realised in 4 days

Chattogram Bureau  :The enthusiastic taxpayers are rushing to the divisional Income Tax Fair-2019 now is being held at  GEC convention centre  in the city   under Chattogram Income Tax Zone  for

CU faces mounting criticism, probe committee formed

Imran Hossain, CU :Chittagong University  (CU) on Thursday  formed a four -member committee to investigate into the allegation about the fault of the entrance exam of its 'D' unitwhich is

4 Ctg gas tragedy victims at CCU

Chattogram Bureau : Four critically injured persons  in recent  gas line explosions in the Port City,  three  have been admitted  in CCU  and one sent to Dhaka with critical conditions.CMCH sources

Tayeb Shah calls for achieving satisfactions of Allah, Rasul

Tayeb Shah calls for achieving satisfactions of Allah, Rasul

Chattogram Bureau :In observance of the holy Eid-e-Miladnunabi , a  largest ever  Rahamatalil Alamin Sunni Conference was arranged at Raozan Govt College ground in north Chattogram on Saturday  with Aulade

German envoy Peter Fahrenholtz calls on CCC Mayor

Chattogram Bureau :German Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz  made a courtesy meeting with Chittagong City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin  recenlyat his office in Tiger-pass.German degrees of knowledge, science and