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Dutch organisation to help boost black tiger shrimp production

March 03, 2019 00:00:00

Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF) and a Dutch research enterprise have signed a multi-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in The Hague to transfer knowledge and innovations for boosting black tiger shrimp production in Bangladesh, reports UNB.

President of BSFF Syed Mahmudul Haque and Managing Director of Hendrix Genetics Aquaculture BV Neil Manchester signed the MoU.

The principal destination of black tiger shrimp is the European market, where the Netherlands tops the list both in terms of value (US$ 89.82 million in 2017-18) and volume.

The BSFF has been working to promote black tiger shrimp in Bangladesh while Hendrix Genetics is an international research enterprise which has offices and establishments almost across the globe.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal thanked the Dutch organisation and academics for their eagerness to work with Bangladesh and hoped that with the application of Dutch philosophy - doing more with less - Bangladesh would be able to bring a revolutionary change in its shrimp sector in terms of quality, quantity and sustainability.

Bangladesh's famous brand black tiger shrimp is highly sought-after item in the European chain stores and restaurants where they call it 'Free Range Chicken' from the ponds of Bangladesh given its near organic process of production in Bangladesh, said the Bangladesh Embassy in The Hague on Friday.

On Wednesday, the Embassy of Bangladesh in The Hague organised a seminar on 'Shrimp Technology: How Bangladesh can be benefitted through Cutting-edge Dutch Technology'.

More than 40 participants from different academic and research institutes, marketing agencies from the Netherlands as well as a high-level visiting delegation from Bangladesh, led by Raisul Alam Mondal, Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock of Bangladesh, were present.

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