Consultation workshop on “Future of Shrimps: Market, Technologies and Diseases with Particular Reference to Containing Possible Emergence of Pathogen in Shrimp Sector of Bangladesh” was held in Cox’s Bazar on October 21, 2016 focused on the ground reality relating to the present production and processing of shrimps products and processing in Bangladesh with particular emphasis on significant potential for production and income gain from the sector.

Senior Secretary of Ministry of Commerce Hedayetullah Al Mamoon and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Anisur Rahman attended the workshops as the chief guest and the special guest respectively.

The workshop was attended by a cross section of stakeholders from Ministry of Fisheries, Department of Fisheries (DoF), Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI), Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters’ Association (BFFEA), Shrimp Hatchery Association of Bangladesh (SHAB), Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF). The events were organized by BSFF in collaboration with DoF and BFFEA and supported by Bangladesh Business Promotion Council and US Department of Agriculture.

Hedayetullah  Al Mamoon underscored that Bangladesh can become world’s one of the major producers of shrimps and prawn. While William Collis, Chief of Party, USDA SAFETI told that Bangladesh has the space, enabling condition (soils-salinity) and the right climate to be able to do so and appropriate technologies for the purpose are available. They observed that planned actions and a conscious effort to work for progress in the sector with due cognizance of social and environmental issues should be a priority for Bangladesh if the sector is to realize its full potential.