Egypt faces a growing population and shrinking supplies of water. The Ministry of Agriculture recognizes that increasing crop and livestock production per unit of water and land is an essential priority. Fish has been identified as one of the two most important livestock sub-sectors for future national food security. However, to meet the growing demand for fish in the face of static returns from capture fisheries, new supplies will have to come from aquaculture and increasing the productivity of already existing fish farms.
As USAID’s annual letter this year notes, in development it is no longer enough to teach a farmer to grow a new crop—or in this case, to fish. Our work isn’t done until we help a farmer learn to run a successful business too. This is precisely what is happening in Bangladesh.
Ensan Ali is a fish nursery owner of Pateng village, Tungibaria union, Barisal sadar upazila, Barisal district. He quit the previous job to take over the lead of the farming for his family of seven members.
Situated in southwestern Bangladesh, Jessore district is an important source of fish seed in the country. Most of the private hatcheries are located here; they use underground water in their brood and nursery ponds and incubation jars.
The Halda River is the best pure Indian carp breeding river in Bangladesh and the major source of naturally produced carp fry. But traditional method of egg hatching often leads to low hatching and survival rates of spawn.
Fish hatcheries of Bangladesh have started using milt purchased from Milt Bank that can revolutionize the country’s fish production. Hatcheries of Bangladesh maintain similar numbers of male and female brood fish or outsource males to produce fry.
The Philippines derives substantial benefits from its aquatic and fisheries resources. The contribution to the country’s total fish production from aquaculture has consistently increased, outpacing growth in both the small-scale and commercial fishery sectors.