Climate, social pressures pincer Bangladeshi shrimp farmers

Climate, social pressures pincer Bangladeshi shrimp farmers

Farmer Azizul Islam suffered his first stroke after a 2019 cyclone washed away shrimp worth Tk2.5 lakh ($2,450) from his ponds on the southern¬†Bangladesh¬†coast. The stress damaged his health, said the 34-year-old, who works on the vast stretches of low-lying land, known as ghers, used for aquaculture and rice paddies in Satkhira district. “Then I […]

Climate and social pressures pincer Bangladeshi shrimp farmers

Climate and social pressures pincer Bangladeshi shrimp farmers

CATCHING CRABS Farmers, meanwhile, have been testing ways of adapting to shifting weather patterns and rising salinity – with mixed results. Some are trying to boost yields using new shrimp varieties, while others are branching out into crab-fattening. Bangladesh has mostly focused on producing giant tiger shrimp up to now, but output has stagnated amid […]

FEATURE-Climate and social pressures pincer Bangladeshi shrimp farmers | Headlines

FEATURE-Climate and social pressures pincer Bangladeshi shrimp farmers | Headlines

* Export-led shrimp farming generates income but hurts the ecology * Climate change drives rising salinity, stronger storms * Efforts to adapt, financial support not enough for small farmers Farmer Azizul Islam suffered his first stroke after a 2019 cyclone washed away shrimp worth 250,000 taka ($2,450) from his ponds on the […]