Shrimp Farming and Research in Bangladesh Adapts to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Ripon on his farm. Submitted by M. Mahfujul Haque and Ben Belton

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted tremendously every aspect of the economy in Bangladesh, including aquaculture. The entire aquaculture supply chain and marketing system is facing multiple challenges. Many fish farmers have reduced their activities due to low demand and uncertainty. At a time when many people are afraid to invest in aquaculture, Golam Kibria Ripon, a farmer from Paikgacha, Khulna, in southern Bangladesh, is successfully continuing his shrimp production and trading activities.

“The only thing I do and the only thing I know is shrimp culture. Whatever the situation is, I have to continue as many people depend on my business for their livelihoods,” said Ripon.

Read the full article by M. Mahfujul Haque and Ben Belton.

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