Good aquaculture practice required for ensuring safe fisheries production

Good aquaculture practice required for ensuring safe fisheries production

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Speakers at a training session have underscored the need for safe fish farming besides promoting its production through the best use of hygienic fish feed alongside the existing natural resources.They viewed that safe fish production and its marketing has become a big challenge at present and this is the high time for facing the challenge collectively.In addition to the administrative measures, time has come to forge social resistance against the manufacturing of adulterated and unhygienic fish meals, its marketing and use of formalin in fishes.As aquaculture is a source of protein for human health, Good Aquaculture Practice (GAP) is essential to meet demand side requirement of food safety and quality food.All quarters like fish farmers, hatchery owners, fish sellers, fish meal manufacturers and sellers and the field level fisheries officers and staffs should work together to this end. There is no alternative to substantial and sustainable promotion of GAP which is basically a principle for improved responsible aquaculture practice, they added.
The observations came at the inaugural session of a three-day refreshers training course for the trainers styled “Good Aquaculture Practice” held at Ashrai Training and Resource Center in the district yesterday.
Bangladesh Aquaculture Alliance (BAA) organized the training in association with Bangladesh Economic Growth Project (BEGP) and Business Promotion Council under the Ministry of Commerce.
Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Director of BEGP Ahsan Abdullah and Divisional Deputy Director of Department of Fisheries Mahbub Ul Alam addressed the session as chief and special guests respectively with Golam Rabbani, District Fisheries Officer of Rajshahi, in the chair.
Referring to the immense prospect of the fisheries sector the speakers said safe fish production could easily be increased to a great extent if the natural resources were utilized properly. Good aquaculture practice and improvement of quality control expertise are required for ensuring safe fisheries production of the country.
The GAP like quality management and control throughout the value chain of the aquaculture industry are needed for sustainable growth of the fish industry. Besides, the GAP addresses food safety, environmental sustainability, labour rights, management of social issues and traceability. They said the traders can keep their fishes live for a good number of days if they adopt some simple techniques instead of using formalin.
There is no alternative to introducing sustainable technology for the farmers through good aquaculture practice under the framework of international food safety rules for safe fisheries production.
They recommended providing the farmers with latest scientific technologies and knowledge for producing quality fish fries and fingerlings for more fish cultivation.
They called for involving more people in fish farming for the sake of meeting the protein demand as fish fulfill at least 60 percent need of the animal protein especially of the poor and marginal communities.
Considering the seafood industry as the second largest export industry after garments, they said the present government has taken various steps under the project.
The Project has been adopted in order to meet international standard and market requirements from harvesting to final products with the financial and technical assistance of the EU, they added.
More than 30 peoples representing Department of Fisheries, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of Rajshahi University, farmers’ community and feed mill companies from different districts under Rajshahi division are taking part in the course. -BSS, Rajshahi

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