Raipur Fish Hatchery Training Center

Raipur Fish Hatchery and Training Center is a fish hatchery in Raipur Upazila , Lakshmipur District , Bangladesh . One of the six hand fish hatcheries in Bangladesh [1] It was the Largest hatchery in the district DURING THE Noakhali Rural Development Project Implemented During 1978 to 1992 by DANIDA , a Danish development agency. [2] One of the three Principal Scientists (PSO) of the Department of Fisheries of Bangladesh is assigned to Raipur Hatchery. It is also one of three training centers directly under the Director General of the Department, along with Fisheries Training Institute (Chandpur ) and Fisheries Training Academy in ( Dhaka ). [3]

The Raipur Upazila has 8 fish farms, 14 dairy farms, 72 chicken farms and this one hatchery. [4] As of 2004, the government-owned hatchery was able to produce 504 kilograms of hatchlingsa year, which mostly consisted of endemic species like Catla catla (katla), Labeo rohita (rui), Cirrhinus cirrhosus (mrigal), Labeo calbasu (kalabaus), Clarias batrachus (magur), and Channa striata (shingi). [5]


In 1979, mirror carps ( Cyprinus carpio var specularis ) from Nepal were first introduced to Bangladesh for the World Bank financed Raipur Fish Hatchery. [6] In 1982, the Raipur Hatchery started artificial spawning in Bangladesh. [7] In 2001, the Greater Noakhali Aquaculture Extension Component (GNAEC), sub-program of DANIDA’s Agricultural Sector Program in Bangladesh, was developed for the hatchery development strategy of hatched at the Raipur Hatchery. GNAEC abandoned “backyard hatcheries” and “village type prawn hatcheries” models for large-scale private sector development [8] [9]


  1. Jump up^ The hatchery was developed by the World Bank for the Fishery Development Program for Chandpur, Muhuri, and Karnifuli Irrigation and Flood Control Areas. Snell Environmental Group of Michigan Lansing, USA was contracted for the project. The Hatchery was designed by William Bailey, consultant, who became the advisor until the project was completed. Site selection and design began in 1977, Construction began in 1978 and was completed in 1981. Operation and training of Bangladesh Department of Fisheries staff began in 1979, before completion, under the guidance of Darrell Deppert of SEG. AQ Chowdhury was the Project Director for the Department of Fisheries throughout the development. Potentials and opportunities,Analysis of the constraints to and potentials and opportunities for expanded fish production in Bangladesh , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ), Retrieved: 2008-07-30
  2. Jump up^ Impact of NRDP,In the Wake of a Flagship, Udenrigsministeriet, Retrieved: 2008-07-30
  3. Jump up^ Legal regulatory and institutional framework for fisheries and fishing community development and management,Report of the National Workshop on Fisheries Resources Development and Management in Bangladesh, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Retrieved: 2008-07-30
  4. Jump up^ Raju, Nazmul Ahsan (2012). “Raipur Upazila” . In Islam, Sirajul ; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh .
  5. Jump up^ Country case studies, Corporate Document Repository, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Retrieved: 2008-07-30
  6. Jump up^ F. Rajts, T. Huntington & MG Hussain, Carp Brood Stock Management and Genetic Improvement Program under Fourth Fisheries Project , Department for International Development (DFID), 2002, Retrieved: 2008-07-30
  7. Jump up^ Monirul Qader Mirza & Neil J. Ericksen, Impact of water control projects in Bangladesh , Center for Environmental and Resource Studies (CEARS), University of Waikato, 2005, Retrieved: 2008-07-30
  8. Jump up^ Activity and Progress, GNAEC, 2005, Retrieved: 2008-07-30
  9. Jump up^ Shifts in component focus, GNAEC, 2005, Retrieved: 2008-07-30

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