A one-day workshop on Fertilization Strategies for Pond Culture in Bangladesh was held in Dhaka on 26 June 2003. This workshop was organized by the Aquaculture CRSP and AIT in cooperation with its partners, namely, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) and three NGOs (BRAC, CARITAS, and PROSHIKA), to disseminate results of on-station and on-farm trials of fertilization strategies sponsored by the Aquaculture CRSP and to enhance cooperation between the Aquaculture CRSP and academic institutions, government agencies, NGOs, and international organizations in Bangladesh.
Fifty participants included government fisheries officers, researchers, university teachers and students, NGO extension workers, and international organization staff from the Bangladesh Department of Fisheries (DOF), Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute, Universities (Bangladesh Agricultural University, Dhaka University, Rajshahi University), NGOs (BRAC, CARITAS, PROSHIKA, PBAEP, TMSS), and international organizations (World Fish Center, SUFER Project/DFID).
The workshop started with a welcoming address from Abdul Wahab of BAU and a brief introduction of Aquaculture CRSP activities in the past two decades by Yang Yi of AIT. Ataur Rahman, former Director General of the DOF, chaired technical sessions. In the first technical session, Mr. Khaleque, Project Director of the DOF, and Mr. Uddin of BAU overviewed the current status of
pond aquaculture in Bangladesh, while Anwara Begum, Director of the CARITAS Fisheries Program, presented pond fertilization practices of NGOs, BAU, BFRI, and DOF in Bangladesh.
On behalf of the Bangladesh team of the Aquaculture CRSP-sponsored project, Wahab and Abdur Rahman, Senior Fisheries Development Program Coordinator of PROSHIKA, presented the results of on-station and on-farm trials of different fertilization regimes used in Bangladesh and conducted by the Aquaculture CRSP, respectively, in the second technical session. The trials indicated that the fertilization regime developed by BAU is the best for carp polyculture ponds in Bangladesh.
In the third technical session, Yang Yi presented fertilization strategies for tilapia culture developed by the Aquaculture CRSP, and Aminul Islam and Mostafa Hossain of BAU talked about environmental impacts of the intensification of pond culture.
Dr. Akhteruzzaman, Technical Manager of the SUFER Project, and Mostafa Hossain summarized and presented the recommendations from a different technical session. Then, Dr. Mazid, Director General of the Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute, together with Wahab and Yi, moderated the general discussion and open discussion on disseminating strategies.
The Aquaculture CRSP was thanked for providing an excellent opportunity to participants from academic institutions, government agencies, NGOs, and international organizations to ≥standardize≤ fertilization strategies in Bangladesh, where the same farmers often receive very different recommendations on fertilization regimes from different extension partners. This workshop was very fruitful, and was the first workshop agree
Workshop on Fertilization Strategies for Pond Culture in Bangladesh
Duong Van Lanh, director of Thai Nguyen provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, thanked the Aquaculture CRSP and AIT for their excellent work conducted in Thai Nguyen and said that the workshop gave a good opportunity for local government officers to learn new tools for aquaculture assessment, which will help decision-making and planning in aquaculture development. He also appreciated Yang Yi for sharing Chinese experiences with local people.
In general, the participants understand GIS and remote sensing as potential tools for integrating socio-economic and environmental data for detecting land use change and identifying and estimating the potential of a watershed area for aquaculture development. The participants expressed the hope that the Aquaculture CRSP will provide further training on the use of GIS and remote sensing for aquaculture development in order to further build their capacity.
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Thengamara Mahila Sabuj Sangha
ing on the best fertilization regime by all participants. This workshop will enhance knowledge and capabilities of the institutions involved in aquaculture and fisheries outreach in fertilization strategies for pond culture in Bangladesh and increase impacts of the Aquaculture CRSP to Bangladesh. Bangladesh researchers, extension staff of government agencies and NGOs, and fish farmers will benefit from the experiences, research results, technologies, and approaches of Aquaculture
Workshop participants gather for a photograph.