Updated: May 10, 2021
Our first shrimp project started in march. The project was financed by Farmstock in collaboration with Farmers market Asia. In this blog, you will find out what has been done, how our farmers make sure they produce high-quality shrimps, what technology they use, and what the future steps are in order to continue with these impactful projects.
Bangladesh is one of the world’s largest producers of Black Tiger shrimp, locally known as badga. In collaboration with Farmer’s Market Asia, our pilot project Shrimp Farm I aims to provide a collective of 5 shrimp farmers located in the coastal areas of the Khulna Province in Bangladesh with working capital and technological applications to improve their production and economic independence. The collective of farmers is managed by Nittyananda Mondol, commonly known in his village as Master-da. Nittyananda used to be a teacher in school, but when he noticed the poor practices of many farmers around him, he vowed to change that and set up a collective for shrimp farmers in the locality to come together and to help uneducated farmers improve their harvests.
With support of your investment, the collective was able to purchase sensors for ensuring water quality and implement an e-traceability system that will allow the farmers to digitally monitor the needs of their shrimps, reducing common mistakes such as over-feeding. Additionally, this technology allows the farmers to prove the high-quality of their product to the large processor companies and obtain a higher price for the product.
The Baby Shrimp Have arrived
It has been exactly 8 weeks since our project got funded. In the past weeks, our farmer, Mr. Nitiyandanda, has done great work with the capital Farmstock has provided. Our partner, Farmers Market Asia, is giving the shrimp farm a bi-weekly visit and thereby keeping us up-to-date about developments on site.
The first act of Mr. Nitiyandanda was preparing the ponds to fill them with saltwater from the nearby tributary of river Rupsha. The ponds are all interconnected, allowing them to be filled up after the initial water treatment. Before letting in the water, the ponds were disinfected to adhere to the strong bio-safety rules for growing shrimps. After a week, the small baby shrimps, also known as postlarvae had been transported from our trusted partner, a well-known hatchery. The postlarvae was carried from the fish hatchery with utmost care and sufficient oxygen supply to ensure the least mortality rate while transportation. The postlarvae was directly transferred into the nursery pond for a month. This allowed the shrimps to grow bigger and stronger before finally transferring them to the primary grow-out pond. Last week, the postlarvae was transferred as baby shrimps to the main grow-out ponds with utmost care and sufficient aeration for a smooth transition. This process of shifting the shrimps allows them to grow optimally and achieve higher weights, while monitoring for any abnormality or harvest loss.
Now the shrimps will continue to grow for another 3 months in this grow-out pond and are forecasted to reach a size of each being approximately 80-120gms in 3 more months.
During this whole process, the postlarvae was obtained as an RFID tagged batch, which allows us to track the shrimp when it is harvested back to its mother shrimp. Besides, all inputs used in the harvest process are tracked, monitored, and analyzed to make the shrimp culture process an e-traceable one ensuring food safety for the supply chain. Everything seems to be going according to plan to help the collective produce better shrimps, reduce harvest loss, and receive a better price for the product.
In our next blog, you will get to know our farmer. What would you like to know about our farmers and projects? Let us know in the comments below, and we will do our best to ask the question to our farmers. Stay tuned!