Fisheries experts, frozen fish exporters and traders from home and abroad emphasised ensuring quality at all stages of shrimp production to have access to the international market with high demand.
Speaking at a workshop on Sunday afternoon, they called on the authorities concerned to take measure to develop a branding of the black tiger shrimp ‘Bagda’, which is a high quality, testy natural shrimp.
To enhance competitiveness of Bangladeshi shrimp products in global market, they said quality improvement and introduction of a credible traceability system and third party certification would be in central importance.
The workshop was jointly organised by Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation and Solidaridad Network Asia in collaboration with Department of Fisheries at Sonargoan Hotel in Dhaka.
The policy workshop was presided over by Syed Mahmudul Huq, chairman of Bangladesh Fish and Shrimp Foundation.
Netherlands ambassador Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere, who spoke as a special guest, said the government, private sector and non-government organisations should work together to improve the shrimp sector.
Speaking as the chief guest, commerce ministry’s secretary Subhashish Bose said although export of shrimp had declined this year but it had good potentiality to boost export for its unique quality of taste, salty and natural flavour.
‘We have to adopt measures to cultivate quality shrimps,’ he said, adding that branding of the shrimp was necessary for sustainability of the export.
Fisheries department director general Syed Arif Azad urged the private sector to come forward with investment and quality production of shrimps through contract farming as the government was ready to facilitate the process and export of the fish.
Presenting a paper, Liakat Ali Khan, who is policy adviser of Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation, said that Bangladesh needs to develop an effective branding strategy for the country’s shrimp products for increasing export.
Khulna University professor Nazmul Ahsan, who presented another paper, suggested providing incentives to the small farmers to grow more shrimps.
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