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Cage aquaculture opens new horizons in southern region of Bangladesh

KULNA, BANGLADESH (10 April 2012). Press reports from the Daily Purbanchal (www.purbanchal.com), the Daily Probaha (www.dailyprobaha.com) and the Daily Dakkinanchal.
As part of the United States President’s Feed the Future initiative, the CSISA-BD project (Expansion of Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia in Bangladesh) has been testing a promising new technology in cage aquaculture.
Since 2011, WorldFish has been conducting a trial program on cage aquaculture in Botiaghata with the aim to encourage adoption of short duration fish culture methods that will increase income.
Working with nine women fish farmers living alongside canals, Mr. Mizanur Rahman, Aquaculture Development Officer has supervised these trials. Each of the nine women was provided with one 9 m3 cage that they helped to make and set up in the canal near their homes. During August 2011 the cages were stocked with single-sex tilapia fish at different densities. In November 2011 the fish were harvested for sale. The harvest ranged from 169kg to 307 kg per cage. The women saw a gross return on the fish sales from between Tk. 11,051/-and Tk 20,047/- . With this sort of encouragement, the cages were stocked for a second cycle of cultivation.
During field visits it was observed that this alternative technology for fish culture has proved very lucrative. The women cage operators reported “we are very happy with the activities and want to use the profits to make more cages”. Sattya Roy, the CSISA Project’s Hub Manager in Khulna said “there are many canals and rivers in this region where this environmentally friendly cage aquaculture technology is feasible”.
Cage aquaculture has great potential and may well open up new horizons for income generation as well as generating employment for women.
For more information on the CSISA-BD project or any aspect of aquaculture in Bangladesh contact WorldFish, House 22B, Road 7, Block-F, Banani, Dhaka 1213. Telephone: (+880-2) 881 3250, (+880-2) 881 4624. Email: worldfish-bangladesh@cgiar.org