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Sweet water shrimp cultivation in 200 farms suspended

BANGLADESH - Sweet water shrimp cultivation in around 200 farms in Bogra and Joypurhat districts remains suspended for over one and a half years due to scarcity of quality mother shrimp and fry.

Sweet water shrimps, commonly known as galda, are seen at a demonstration pond at a farm in Bogra. Photo: STAR

Farmers are now cultivating other fish instead of shrimp due to absence of mother shrimp, said Abdul Mohit Talukder, owner of G M Aqua Culture Ltd, which pioneered sweet water shrimp farming in the area four years ago.

Local farmers are incurring huge loss as they now cannot cultivate export-oriented prawn, commonly known as galda, added Mohit Talukder.

He also said the shrimp cultivators of the two districts are incurring a loss of at least Tk 1 crore every month as they are unable to cultivate galda.

During a visit to the farms, Rezaul Islam Hira, owner of Sagar Matsya Khamar, said the farmers need government support to resume galda cultivation.

Showing a few prawns at a demonstration pond, Mohit Talukder said at least 1000 pieces of mother shrimps are needed every month for his farm spreading on 63 acres of land.

Source: TheDailyStar