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Bangladesh: Experimental vannamei shrimp cultivation underway by Dipankar Roy April 07,2021   |  Source: The Daily Star

Bangladesh has finally started to farm vannamei shrimp on pilot basis following pleas from exporters as locally grown black tiger shrimp and freshwater prawn are unable to compete with cheaper varieties in western markets. Purchased from Thailand, the first 10-lakh batch of vannamei was released in four ponds of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) in Paikgachha upazila of Khulna. The project will test whether whiteleg shrimp can cope with the local environment. If successful, the initiative is expected to breathe life back into the ailing industry. "One of our main challenges is the shortage of raw materials. We will get raw materials for processing in my factory if our pilot farming is successful," said Shyamal Das, managing director of MU Seafoods. MU Seafoods partnered with Sushilan, a local non-government organisation, in 2019 to begin the experiment on vannamei farming. The Department of Fisheries (DoF) gave the go-ahead to culture whiteleg shrimp in the southwestern division of Khulna, a major farming region for export-oriented shrimp, after years of concerns that foreign species may have a negative impact on their native counterparts such as black tiger shrimp. The project, set to begin last year, had been delayed by early rainfall and the ongoing coronavirus


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