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June 30, 2014

Bangladesh

Sets Shrimp Production Records

 

Using semi-intensive and improved-extensive shrimp farming methods, a pilot project conducted by the Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA) has set new production records.  BFFEA said it produced around 4,500 kilograms of shrimp on a hectare of land in Cox’s Bazar using semi-intensive methods and 1,500 kilograms of shrimp per hectare using improved-extensive methods.  Traditionally, shrimp farmers in Bangladesh produce 250 to 300 kilograms of tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) per hectare.

 

BFFEA President Md Aminullah said the improved results occurred because the farmers were trained, the soil and water were tested in advance, better feeds were used and the ponds were stocked with pathogen free postlarvae

 

A BFFEA expert team and local fisheries department officials are supporting the implementation of this pilot project.  Already, some farmers in Cox’s Bazar and Khulna are producing 3,000 kilos of shrimp per hectare.

 

Fisheries Department sources said Bangladesh had around 170,000 hectares of tiger shrimp farms and 45,000 hectares freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) farms.

 

Bangladesh’s shrimp processors have the capacity to process 300,000 metric tons of shrimp annually, but currently they are using only 20 percent of that capacity.

 

Source: The Financial Express.  Shrimp Output Sets New Record.  June 29, 2014.

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