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Breeding improved prawns in India

India has enormous freshwater and low saline brackish water resources that can be utilized for freshwater prawn farming. Since the mid-1990s, production of the giant river prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) has boomed, making India the second largest freshwater prawn producer in the world. Over recent years, prawn production has been declining, threatening the ongoing success of the prawn industry, and the livelihoods of the communities it supports. The Genetic Improvement of Freshwater Prawn project aims to safeguard the future of the prawn industry in India through the establishment of a selective breeding program for high quality prawn stock.
 

Investing in hope: Rusli's Story

The 2004 tsunami that devastated the province of Aceh in Indonesia left in its wake thousands of communities without homes and destroyed the livelihood of farmers who worked the land to produce rice, fish and shrimp. WorldFish, in partnership with the Aceh Society Development (ASD) Cooperative, has helped to put communities back on their feet through providing vital assistance in the development of local small-scale aquaculture enterprises.

 

Photofilm tells story of hope in post-tsunami Aceh

After a lengthy rebuilding process, WorldFish, in partnership with the Aceh Society Development (ASD) Cooperative, has been helping to put these communities back on their feet through providing vital assistance in the development of local small-scale aquaculture enterprises.
 
The photofilm Rusli’s Story, commissioned by WorldFish, shows the journey of Acehnese farmer Rusli, and the renewed hope and income he found through the development of his shrimp farm, which was established by the Cooperative after the tsunami tore through his village.
 

Fish farms help post-tsunami villages in Aceh

The 2004 tsunami that devastated Aceh in Indonesia left in its wake thousands of communities without homes and livelihoods.
 
After a lengthy rebuilding process, WorldFish, in partnership with the Aceh Society Development (ASD) Cooperative, has been helping to put these communities back on their feet through providing vital assistance in the development of local small-scale aquaculture enterprises.
 

Reaping the rewards of aquaculture in Bangladesh

Situated at the apex of the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh lies on the richly fertile delta plains that mark a boundary between the Indian subcontinent and South East Asia. With the Padma, Jamuna and Meghna Rivers and their many tributaries innervating the Bangladeshi lowlands, fishing and aquatic agriculture have been mainstays of the country’s predominantly rural communities for centuries. Working amidst this rich riparian heritage, the USAID Feed the Future Aquaculture project aims to increase the productivity of aquaculture farms and improve the lives of millions through better health and financial security. In a country where up to fifteen percent of the population regularly faces nutritional shortages and household incomes are some of the lowest in the world, the benefits of the Aquaculture project could be transformative for many.

After the tsunami: Shrimp Aquaculture Farming in Aceh

Experienced farmers in Bangladesh explain how they manage water quality in ponds in low-lying paddy fields in between two cropping seasons, and why it is crucial for fish production

Giving Bangladesh’s Shrimp Sector a Competitive Edge

The aquaculture industry is an important driver for the economic growth of Bangladesh. It generates more than US$500 million in export sales each year and employs more than 1 million people. Nonetheless, there are still significant opportunities to help the industry maximize its growth. For example, the shrimp sector in the country is unable to achieve its full potential due to poor quality shrimp and low yields that have created a gap between the demand for and supply of shrimp to local processing factories.

Successful program of genetic improvement of finfish extended to freshwater prawns

WorldFish has expanded its successful program of breeding genetically improved strains of farmed tilapia and carp to include freshwater prawn.

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