Crab-Cuchia export hit by coronavirus outbreak
Published : Friday, 14 February, 2020 at 5:45 PM Count : 205
The outbreak of deadly coronavirus in China has left an impact in export of Crab and Cuchia fish, produced mainly in country's coastal areas.
Crab and Cuchia trade is on the verge of closure as export to China remained suspended for last 20 days, reports a Bangla news portal.
Hundreds of people, involved in crab and kuchia farming are in fear of incurring huge loss in this sector.
However, the Department of Fisheries is closely monitoring the current situation.
People concerned said there is no other way but to find an alternative market for Crab and Cuchia export.
But, fisheries department officials have opined that normalcy may come back soon in the sector as the economic giant recently gave the assurance in this regard.
According to various sources, Paikgacha area is suitable for Crab, Shrimp and Cuchia farming as it is adjacent to the Sundarbans. Demands of locally produced Crabs are high abroad for its tastes.
Local fisheries officials said Crabs are produced alone in the enclosures on 200 hectares and mixed enclosures on 17,000 hectares.
A total of 4,100 tonnes Crabs and 300 tonnes Cuchia were produced in 2019 from the area, according to upazila Fisheries Department.
These are mainly exported to China, Thailand, Malaysia and Hongkong, according to the source. Among the total volume, 90 percents Crabs are export to China.
Farmers, traders and suppliers of Crabs and Cuchias have started incurring the loss after the halt in export to China since January 25.
Belal Hossain Sarder of Nana-Nathi Enterprise said he borrowed loan from a NGO for the business. Now, he is facing difficulties due to the export suspension.
"Moreover, the NGO workers are repetedly putting pressure on me to repay their loans," he added.
Bakul Kumar Mandal, owner of Priyanka Depot, said on an average, he used to supply a ton of Cuchia to the export enterprises regularly. But, Cuchias preserved in last 20-day in drums are dying gradually, he added.
Fisheries official Pabitra Kumar Das said they have not yet received any instructions from the government in this regard.
“This is mainly Commerce Ministry’s job. But we are not sitting idle,” he added.