Dhaka, March 29, 2017: Department of Fisheries and Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation organized a workshop at March 29, 2017 (Wednesday) on “Strengthening Public Private Partnership for Inclusive and Sustainable growth of Bangladesh Aquaculture Sector” at the Conference Room of Department of Fisheries.

Director General of Department of Fisheries (DoF) Syed Arif Azad chaired the workshop and Chairman of Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF) Syed Mahmudul Huq moderated the discussions. World Bank Fisheries Mission to Bangladesh Team Leader Dr. Milen F. Dyoulgerov and Former Commerce Secretary. Mr. Md. Ghulam Hussain also discused at the workshop.

DoF and BSFF have been working together to formulate a time-bound National Action Plan in 2009 to address the crises arising out of the reported cases of abuse of hazardous substances and medicines including Nitro-furan with considerable success.

Recently, BSFF working closely with Ministry of Fisheries and DOF in bringing into existence the National Working Committee for Sustainable Development of Bangladesh Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector. Similar initiatives are very much possible to carry forward the Blue Economy initiative with particular focus on policies and programs for exploitation of marine fisheries resources.

Aquaculture is very significant sector for the national economy because it contributes 3.65 % in the National GDP. About 1.50 million women have been working in fish processing industry. The aquaculture growth rate was 8.50% in last 5 years. The workshop informed that the fish production increased almost 200% between 2001-02 and 2014-15 from 1.89 million tone to 3.70 million tone.

Infrastructure problem, Insufficient Lab & researchers to diagnoses the disease. Crisis to collect quality fish feed in affordable cost. Ensuring loan for small fish/shrimp farmers to easy terms are the prime problem of this sector.

To overcome these problems speakers are emphasized on large scale investments such as Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Large scale investment such as Public Private Partnership (PPP) in shrimp and fish sector my reduce poverty. Hunger free Bangladesh is possible by ensuring the food security opined by the experts.

Blue economy by utilizing the enormous potential of the possible risks of climate change in Bangladesh will be able to deal with the stresses provoked optimism.