While Bangladesh's prawn industry is based on pond culture, a feasibility study was conducted to establish prawn cage culture to benefit resource-poor fishers and landless people.
Prawn-fish-rice farming is considered highly efficient in terms of resource utilization through the complementary use of land and water. Integrated prawn farming plays an important role in the economy of Bangladesh, earning foreign exchange, increasing food production and providing employment
As reflected in a survey by the authors, rising productivity and higher yields have made pangus culture more profitable than carp farming.
The addition of cheap, fast-growing silver carp to ponds with major carps would allow farmers to sell fish while retaining some for food purposes.
Traditional culture of native carps in Bangladesh has been diversified by the polyculture of introduced carps with tilapia and catfish. Production is becoming increasingly intensive, with an accompanying need for greater feed and other inputs. The culture of Thai pangas
As Bangladesh strives for gains in exports, its shrimp industry is addressing production efficiency, disease control and responsible development.
Bangladesh may be a small player in terms of global shrimp production, but producing and exporting shrimp provides an important source of foreign exchange.