Study on the effect of COVID-19 on the finfish hatchery industry in the Jashore region of Bangladesh

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Study on the effect of COVID-19 on the finfish hatchery industry in the Jashore region of Bangladesh

Md. Habibur Rahman, Rahat Kabir, Syeda Maksuda Yeasmin, Tanzir Hosen, Jubyda, Hasan, Md. Abdus Samad, Md. Ataur Rahman, Anusree Biswas, Moumita Choudhury, Md. Yeamin Hossain, Md. Anisur Rahman
Int. J. Biosci.22( 5), 46-61, May 2023.
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Abstract

The COVID-19 outbreakhas startled every entrepreneurial sector in Bangladesh, including the fin fish hatchery sector. Personal interviews, focus group discussions, and cross-check interviews with 150 hatchery workers and 50 hatchery owners were conducted in Jashore, Bangladesh, to reveal the COVID-19 impacts on finfish hatchery operations and to learn about the demographic and socio-economic status of hatchery workers. Hatchery workers’ and owners’ perspectives were collected in order to demonstrate how the changes felt and how they affected hatchery operations and the demographic features of workers, and the results were catastrophic. Reduced income, negative impact on livelihood, decreased household consumption, increased mental stress, negative impact on recreational activities, rising unemployment problem, rising family conflicts, barriers to education/drop out, the occurrence of COVID-19 infection, increased birth rate, increased child marriage rate, interruptions in festival celebration, homestead economic development, increased time spent with family, and rising use of social media were identified. The pandemic caused capital crisis, labor shortage, inability to pay workers, low fry demand, high commodity prices,high price of fish feed,low market price of fry, increased disease susceptibility, low attendance service providers, unsold fish fry, transportation obstruction, increased transportation cost, weak value chain, and long-term negative effects on fisheries production. The government should give financial assistance and develop the local market value chain so that disadvantaged workers and owners can pursue alternate sources of income. As a means of tackling the current issues of the COVID-19 epidemic, some resiliencies are advised for the entire fish hatchery business.

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