Building trade capacity of small-scale shrimp and prawn farmers
The key objective of this project was for small-scale shrimp producers in Bangladesh to improve compliance with international SPS measures in order to increase market access. The project aimed to strengthen the concept of Good Aquaculture Practices (GAPs) and better management practices (BMPs) in shrimp aquaculture, and establish cluster management to accomplish responsible and sustainable farming.
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Aquaculture is widely considered to make important contributions in meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG2 (Zero hunger), SDG8 (Decent work and economic growth), SDG12 (Responsible consumption and production), and SDG14 (Life below water). Aquatic animal products have become the most traded food commodity from developing countries. As more and more aquatic products are traded globally, international standards have been introduced to protect consumer health and the environment. In order to access and maintain export markets, producers need to apply appropriate controls and practices to ensure that their product meets relevant international standards.
In Bangladesh, many of the shrimp products for export were coming from small-scale farmers who were unorganized, uninformed and vulnerable. Individually they have very limited capacity to implement good bio-security measures and better management practices to keep pathogens/diseases away from their production systems. This situation forced them to find quick-fix solutions, mainly based on therapy and antimicrobial treatment. As a consequence, residues of banned antimicrobials and other substances accumulated in the shrimp and prawn products and risked rejection at importing country borders, resulting in lost revenue. The problem was aggravated by long non-value-adding product chains with alleged adulterations. This project helped address the problem at the grass-roots level, by exploring the reasons for disease incidents in shrimp farming, applying BMPs to minimise them, and thus reducing the use of antimicrobials and other therapeutic agents for internationally traded shrimp and prawn products. Lessons learned from other countries in the region that are establishing cluster farming and implementing BMPs/GSPs, were adapted to conditions in Bangladesh.
An implementation plan and a detailed value chain analysis was completed
|STDF/PG/321 - Project Application Form (Feb-12)||405.73 KB|
|An update of shrimp and prawn supply chain initiatives in Bangladesh||1.24 MB|
|STDF/PG/321 - Final Project Report (Dec-16)||930.13 KB|