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Science Forum Day 4 - Ben Belton - Bangladesh aquaculture review
 

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  • Conducted a review of the present status of aquaculture in Bangladesh for IFAD as a guide to development of their country strategy for future funding This produced a huge amount of information, but just going to focus on 3 areas here.

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  • Bangladesh Aquaculture Review: Key findings
    Ben Belton
    Bangladesh Office
  • IFAD Review - selected findings
    • PRODUCTION
    Rise of commercial pellet-fed aquaculture
    • CONSUMPTION
    Shifting rural and urban fish consumption patterns
  • PRODUCTION
  • Rapidly increasing production
    • 20% of rural households have a small homestead pond (>4 million ponds, average size 0.06ha)
    • Total pond area at least 400,000ha
    (25% more than officially reported)
    • Production from freshwater fish culture ≈1,400,000t
    (28% more than officially reported)
    • Fish and shrimp feed production estimated at 600,000t in 2008 (worth more than US$200 million)
    • At least 280,000t of fish/year produced using commercially manufactured feeds
    (mainly pangasius and tilapia)
  • CONSUMPTION
  • Fish by far the most frequently consumed animal source food
    Frequency of consumption of food of animal origin (number of days in a 2 week period)2005 HIES data
  • An average consumer in the poorest quartile eats 57% less fish than a consumer in the richest quartile
    Daily per capita consumption of fish (g) by location and income quartile
    2005 HIES data
  • An average consumer in the poorest quartile spends 65% less on fish than a consumer in the richest quartile
    Monthly per capita expenditure (Tk.) of fish by location and income quartile
    2005 HIES data
  • Per capita fish consumption increasing significantly, but gap between rural and urban consumers widening
    Changes in fish consumption, 2000-2005 (HIES data)
  • Consumption patterns are changing
    Consumption of cultured fish by Dhaka consumers
    November 2010 survey data (n=150)
  • Conclusions
    • Production massively underreported and poorly understood
    • Aquaculture sector developing very rapidly in response to urban demand
    • Fish consumption volumes and preferences are changing, particularly in urban areas
    • Price and income elasticity means increasing demand for larger quantities of more diversified products
  • THANK YOU!