Thrust on introducing credible e-traceability system

Dhaka,  Fri,  21 July 2017
Published : 14 Jun 2017, 11:09:16
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Thrust on introducing credible e-traceability system

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A seminar on “Bio-Security and Prevention of Possible EMS Disease and Introduction of e-Traceability in Bangladesh Shrimp Sector” was held in Dhaka Tuesday. Commerce Secretary Mr. Subhashish Bose was present as the Chief Guest while Md. Fakir Firoz Ahmed, Coordinator of Business Promotion Council and Director General of Fisheries Department Syed Arif Azad attended the seminar as the special guests.Chairman of Bangladesh Fish and Shrimp Foundation Syed Mahmudul Huq chaired the seminar.

Business Promotion Council of Ministry of Commerce, Department of Fisheries and Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF) organised the seminar.

The participants included amongst others senior officials from Department of Fisheries, official from Business Promotion Council, Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters’ Association, WorldFish, Katalyst.  

During the workshop comprehensive discussions were held on the challenges posed by early mortality syndrome in the shrimp sector of Bangladesh. Experts and specialists shed lights during the discussions on the possible causes of EMS and the severe consequences of the incidence of EMS on the production and export from the shrimp sector of Bangladesh. Following a comprehensive discussions on the possible causes of EMS, the workshop deliberations focused on the desirable effective response to prevent the EMS. It was recommended that to prevent EMS, bio-security measures should be strengthened, Good Aquaculture Practices should be promoted and strict vigilance should be exercised to prevent infected shrimp seeds from outside the country. It was also emphasized that the Government and all the stakeholders in the sector should work together to develop micro-biological research facilities for diagnostic purposes in the shrimp sector particularly for identification of virus triggering EMS.

The seminar also discussed about the critical importance of introduction of a credible e-traceability system in Bangladesh to help promote confidence on the quality of shrimp products being produced and exported from Bangladesh. The workshop participants were apprised of the ground reality regarding the present traceability system in Bangladesh and the scope for its further improvement. It was informed on the occasion that with DOF approval, BSFF is carrying out a pilot project to test the prototype of an e-traceability module in Bangladesh. The system being tested for the purpose would focus on each point of the shrimp value chain and appropriate technology which may be introduced, especially in the form of IT application for facilitating effective e-traceability.

All the participants noted that the government of Bangladesh is committed to make progress in preventing the EMS and introducing a credible e-traceability system. They hope that the progress in this regard would be rapid and significant. On behalf of BSFF, Chairman of BSFF Syed Mahmudul Huq assured the meeting that BSFF would continue its work in these two important areas with active support from Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock and Department of Fisheries. He also expressed the hope that there would be concerted efforts of all the stakeholders to supplement the government’s initiatives in these two important sectors, said a statement.

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