In an interactive Policy Advocacy Workshop on “Prawn Value Chain and Market Linkage: Special Focus on Golda Farming” organised by BSFF and DoF, with support of Katalyst and BPC, participants as in researchers, govt. officials, different NGOs, and projects representatives, have discussed facts and figures of healthy Golda production. The paper presented at the workshop was focused on diseases affecting Golda production in Bangladesh, and causes of problems in Bangladesh. One of the major constraints being faced by the sector has been the unavailability of the healthy seed for the production of Golda. Increasing Golda production in Bangladesh in future is critically linked with how the country can increase per acre yield for this particular species especially through making available healthy seed. DoF, Worldfish, BRAC, started some pilot projects in their prevailing hatcheries in the aim to find out the reasons of crisis; where some hatcheries found limited success during 2015 and 2016. Expert level consultants follow-up meetings are suggested to take place. However, the outcome of this workshop led into forming a taskforce who will be further finalising the paper on the Protocol for Golda farming.
The workshop was held at Hotel Sarina, Dhaka on 11 September 2017. It was moderated by Syed Mahmudul Huq, Chairman, BSFF, where GB Banjara, General Manager, Swisscontact-Katalyst was present as Special guest and Fakir Firoz Ahmed was present as Chief Guest along with other respected guests.