|Handling, Processing and Marketing of Fish in Bangladesh - Part 1 (NRI)|
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.