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close this bookHandling, Processing and Marketing of Fish in Bangladesh - Part 1 (NRI)
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View the documentAcknowledgements
View the documentGlossary of abbreviations
View the documentMap of Bangladesh showing regions and major cities
View the documentSummary
View the documentSection 1: Introduction
close this folderSection 2: Supply and demand
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View the document2.1 Fish production
View the document2.2 Exploitation of enclosed inland waters
View the document2.3 Species and product form
View the document2.4 Domestic consumption
View the document2.5 Exports
View the document2.6 Prices
View the document2.7 Future outlook
close this folderSection 3: The marketing of fish for domestic consumption
View the document3.1 Trade flows
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View the document3.3 Marketing margins
View the document3.4 Marketing infrastructure
View the document3.5 Handling and transport
View the document3.6 Losses
View the document3.7 Government intervention in fisheries marketing
View the document3.8 The role of co-operatives in fish marketing
View the document3.9 Conclusions: Market efficiency
close this folderSection 4: The shrimp industry
View the document4.1 Trade flows and intermediaries
View the document4.2 Marketing infrastructure
View the document4.3 Handling and processing
View the document4.4 Packaging
View the document4.5 Losses
View the document4.6 Quality control
close this folderSection 5: Conclusions
View the document5.1 Problems of the existing system of marketing
View the document5.2 Possible measures to improve the marketing system
View the document5.3 Benefits from the proposed measures
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close this folderAppendices
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View the documentAppendix A: Source tables
View the documentAppendix B: List of scientific, Bangladeshi and English names of fish, molluscs and crustaceans
View the documentAppendix C: Functions of BFDC
View the documentAppendix D: Physical facilities belonging to BFDC

Section 1: Introduction

In May 1987, a three-man team from the United Kingdom visited Bangladesh to carry out a review of the post-harvest fisheries sector and to identify projects for British aid. It was decided that the first part of this assignment, the review of the postharvest sector, should be written up as an ODNRI publication and made available to all governmental and non-governmental institutions interested in fisheries development in Bangladesh, and to the public at large.

This has resulted in the present report on the handling, processing and marketing of fish, and which is divided into the following sections:

Section 2: An analysis of the overall supply and demand for fish and shellfish in Bangladesh and for export.

Section 3: A discussion of the way fish is handled and marketed for domestic consumption, quantitative and qualitative losses, and marketing efficiency. The role of the Government and co-operatives in fish marketing is also discussed.

Section 4: A discussion of the way shrimp is handled and marketed for export, associated losses and attempts to establish a system of quality control.

Section 5: A discussion of the main constraints preventing improved handling, processing and marketing, and the type of measures needed to overcome them.

The information required in the preparation of this report was obtained from two sources: (a) past reports and publications, and (b) a programme of field visits in the following towns: Dhaka, Narayanganj, Khulna, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Sylhet, Sunamgonj and Habiganj. The authors were surprised at the amount of valuable information contained in past reports and which it is hoped to make more widely known through the present publication. One report of particular note was a PhD thesis by Ahmed (1983), containing a detailed investigation of the efficiency of domestic fish marketing. Apart from this a publication of the Bay of Bengal Programme provided useful information on the small-scale marine fisheries (FAO Bay of Bengal Programme, 1 985), reports by DANIDA (1984a, 1984b) gave in-depth descriptions of marketing in Barisal and Chittagong, while an ADB report (Aquatic Farms Ltd., 1986) provided a valuable review of the shrimp industry.