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Crab business pays the toll in Bangladesh February 19,2020   |  Source: The Third Pole

The coronavirus outbreak in China has started taking its toll on crab farmers and exporters in Khulna region as its export to the world’s second economic giant remained suspended since January 25 last. Several thousand crab farmers, traders and other people involved in the business are now passing their days in great worries following the suspension of the crab export to China which is fighting the deadly coronavirus that originated from its Hubei province, infecting over 44,138 people globally and claiming the lives of 1,107 as of yesterday.

According to Khulna office of the Export Promotion Bureau, Bangladesh exports crab and kuchia worth Tk 700 crore every year. China alone accounts for 90 percent of the export. Bagerhat correspondent of the news agency reports: Crabs in farms in Sharankhola uapzila have started dying as famers could not sell those timely following the suspension of the export. Farmers said there are about 30,000 tonnes of crabs in over 300 small and big farms in the upazila.

If they cannot export these crabs within the next two weeks, they will have to count a loss to the tune of Tk 5 crore, they said. Talking to the news agency, Md Polash Mahmud, a crab farmer of Sonatala area, said over 250 kgs crabs have already died in his farm. Crabs become

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