The Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity (BANA) is a five-year project of USAID implemented by WorldFish working to improve nutrition through growth in the aquaculture sector.  BANA works in twenty-one districts of southwestern Bangladesh, Zone of Influence (ZOI), and two districts in the southeast, Zone of Resilience (ZOR).

Carp is an important food in Bangladesh and fish farms produce most of the supply.  Due to the covid lockdown, the sector faces a severe problem as hatcheries cannot find an adequate supply of pituitary gland (PG).  This is a vital input to ensure high productivity, and the current scarcity of PG is adversely affecting fish seed production at the hatcheries. If the problem is not addressed, the farm output will decline.

Most PG used in fish hatcheries is imported from India, and locally sourced PG meets a small fraction of demand.

Due to the lockdown, imports are way down, and the price of PG has increased more than five times.


To increase the local production, BANA would like to find a partner or partners who can increase pG supplies quickly by forming six to eight "PG clusters" of collectors and driers and then bring the product to market.

At this point, we envision 6-8 groups of entrepreneurs, organized to collect PG from the Botiwala (Fish Cutters/ PG Harvesters) in fish markets both directly and also through hired PG Collectors.  The cluster will process the collected PG to produce quality dry PG. 

Our selected partner will arrange the training for all involved via workshops and coaching.  The partner will provide (sell?) the required tool to establish the PG collection and processing as a new business opportunity for the entrepreneurs.

The goal is to source PG locally, process it correctly, and sell it to local hatcheries as a profitable business.  The successful applicant will write a proposal which shows its ability to do this.

BANA envisions six clusters of 6 to 8 entrepreneurs each-- in Khulna, Rajbari, Jessore, Kushtia, Bhola, and Barishal with other districts added over time.

Scope of work

  • Project tenure: 12 months.
  • Select master PG harvesters and local dry PG collectors from botiwala of fish markets, form linkages, and provide technical support for harvesting and processing local PG.
  • Work with BANA to link the PG cluster to buyers and build a protocol for efficient execution.
  • Introduce awareness-building materials in response to COVID 19.

Key deliverables

  • A detailed business plan with implementation strategy and timeline
  • Sales documents
  • A realistic plan for scaling the model in the future.

Who can apply?

Only qualified applicants should apply.  "Qualified" means an aquaculture input supplier or producer or an enterprise or an NGO or private sector with sound qualifications and relevant experience.

Applicants should understand that this is not an offer to hire their services, but rather this is intended to be a partnership in a form of small grants that will not exceed USD25,000.  This means that (A) cost sharing of not less than 40% of the total projected budget will be an important consideration in making this award, and (B) this activity is intended to be the catalyst for continued work of this kind without additional support from BANA.

Required documentation

If selected for the grant, the partner will be required to show:

  • A certificate of incorporation (for individual companies, a trade license);
  • Joint-stock registration certificate (if applicable);
  • An organizational organogram of key personnel, inclusive of the names of such personnel;
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN); VAT registration number;
  • Proof of a segregated account (providing the name and address of such an account);
  • Other valid papers (provided by government institutions).
  • The percentage of VAT and the total amount of VAT should be mentioned in the proposal.

Submission details

Interested parties should submit a one-page inquiry on the attached form on or before August  20 2020, either online or via email to mentioning the title of solicitation in the subject line.