Workshop on Golda shrimp production held
Production of Galda shrimp in hatcheries continued to face problems in the country for many reasons including scarcity of good quality brood and poor water management.
Bacterial diseases outbreak, parasitic infestation, inappropriate bio-security management, low quality inputs, artemia, formalin are also the main obstacles to Golda shrimp output, a workshop was told in the capital on Thursday.
Lack of skilled manpower for operating hatcheries, improper hatchery management etc are the other hindrances to the shrimp culture in the country, the speakers at the workshop identified.
The daylong workshop organised by Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF) in collaboration with Department of Fisheries (DOF) with support from Business Promotion Council under Agri-Business Trade Competitiveness Project (ATC-P), Ministry of Commerce, discussed issues relating to challenges being faced shrimp farmers.
Held as a part of the sector's initiative to project Bagda and Galda as premium brands in the international market, the workshop was attended by Department of Fisheries Director General Syed Arif Azad and moderated by BSFF Board of Directors Member Dr. Mahmudul Karim.
Two presentations on "An Overview of the Current Situation of Galda Hatchery Operations in Bangladesh" and "Development of Vaccination for Prawn and Shrimp Viral and Vivrio Diseases using Molecular Bio-Technology" were made by Mr. Hiranmoy Bhattacharjee, Senior Aquaculture Consultant of BSFF and the eminent scientist Professor Dr. GM Sarwar Jahangir, Director, Bio-Technology Degree Program, Department of Biological Science, Kings Boroughs College, City University of New York, USA respectively.
Dr. Sarwar Jahangir apprised the workshop about new frontiers of research on addressing challenges faced in immunizing various species of fish from bacterial attacks. He shed light on what could be a viable option for Bangladesh to avail of the new opportunities available for addressing challenges at the hatchery level in producing healthy seeds.
In his remarks as the Chief Guest, Dr. Syed Arif Azad, Director General of DoF noted that implementation of the bio-security compliance measure at all levels of prawn hatchery operations should be given prime importance in order to combat the challenges.