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Bangladesh: Viruses come back to haunt Bagerhat shrimp farmers September 10,2019   |  Source: UNB

‘Bagda’ shrimp farmers in the district are counting huge losses due to decline in production caused by virus attack and drastic fall in its prices. Local farmers said a huge quantity of ‘Bagda’ shrimp die in many enclosures in different areas of the district a few months back due to drought and virus attack, leading to the fall in production.

The supply of ‘Bagda’ in local wholesale markets is poor even during the peak season of shrimp while its export accounted for 80 percent of total frozen food export last year, they said. While visiting Barakpur wholesale fish market in sadar upazila, the UNB correspondent found that ‘Bagda’ variety of shrimp is being sold at relatively lower prices compared to the previous year due to decline in demand and its small size.

Though the prices of ‘Golda’ variety was normal but ‘Bagda’ was selling at Tk 600 to Tk 750 per kg, Tk 300-400 less than the previous year, causing frustration among the shrimp cultivators. The correspondent found the same scenario at the wholesale fish markets at Foltita in Fakirhat upazila and Foyla Bazar in Rampal upazila. Asad Ali, a trader of Barakpur fish wholesale market, said, “I have 35 fish enclosures on 150 bighas of land. However, viruses were found in the enclosures during the


© United News of Bangladesh.

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