Online wholesale fish market offers farmers bigger profits

Pofishmarket, an on line fish wholesale marketplace, has been receiving very good reaction from fish farmers and traders as it gives a direct accessibility to the market place, minimizes figures of middlemen, ensures improved charges and minimises post-harvest losses.

In July this yr, the online market witnessed a nine-time increase in fish revenue to about 128 tonnes in contrast to only 12.52 tonnes in the same thirty day period a 12 months in the past.

In complicated moments of Covid-19, the Office of Fisheries introduced the site pofishmarket.com and a supporting application identified as “Fish Industry” on a pilot foundation in May possibly past yr less than the National Agricultural Technological know-how Section II Project (NATP-2). Fish farmers in 22 upazilas were being linked to the system.

In accordance to the fisheries office, 963.87 tonnes of fish, valued at Tk20.48 crore, were being marketed to 1,529 potential buyers by way of the on the web fish market place from Could 2020 to July 2021.

Employing the application, the farmers on their own can effortlessly add info about their develop and its price tag. Fascinated purchasers then can settle the order deal over cell cellphone.

To enhance the smallholder farmers’ entry to markets, 22 fish producer organisations (POs) have been fashioned in 22 upazilas. Between the 22 producer organisations two are exclusive as they have 1,200 users and 20 are typical as they have all-around 750 associates.

Apart from the fish farmers, traders have also been made associates of the producer organisations, which are managed by govt committees.

The upazilas where producer organisations are established up are Kotalipara in Gopalganj, Rajoir in Madaripur, Shibpur in Narsingdi, Bhairab in Kishoreganj, Bhola Sadar, Nandail and Trishal in Mymensingh, Barhatta in Netrokona, Satkhira Sadar, Dumuria and Paikgachha in Khulna, Bagerhat Sadar, Manirampur in Jashore, Alamdanga in Chuadanga, Singra in Natore, Raiganj in Sirajganj, Chatmohar in Pabna, Alamdighi in Bogura, Mithapukur in Rangpur, Baniachang in Sylhet, Raipur in Laxmipur and Nangalkot in Cumilla.

Md Ohiduzzaman Sarker, president of Shibpur Upazila Fisheries Producers Organisation, reported, “The PO Government Committee and the upazila office environment of the Office of Fisheries are providing the farmers all types of assistance in providing fish. PO business associates are also helping the farmers in this operate.”

“As a outcome, little and big fish farmers trusting this on the net market much more and far more just about every day. The amount of fish marketed on the internet is frequently expanding. The fish generated in Shibpur is being offered to big metropolitan areas of the nation including Dhaka and Chattogram. Thanks to this, lots of folks are increasingly obtaining intrigued in commercial fish manufacturing.”

He additional that even amid the Covid-19 pandemic, these functions on the on-line system have progressed a great deal. Nevertheless, because of to the market problem, currently quite a few farmers are not marketing fish. The restoration of the overall economy is envisioned to improve on-line fish income.

Farid Ahmed, a fish farmer in Trishal upazila of Mymensingh, a short while ago offered 9 tonnes of pangas fish working with the on-line fish market place. The farmer said he has made a whole lot of gain as he could sale his fish at a price Tk3-4 much more per kg as opposed to the local wholesale market place.

He additional claimed the procedure of selling fish on the web is really simple. There are also unique amenities for transportation and storage. As a consequence, farmers are progressively acquiring intrigued in the on-line marketplace.

Mr Nuruzzaman Russel, a member of Barhatta Upazila Fish Producer Organisation, claimed he has marketed 6,000  kg of pabda fish at Tk290 per kg by way of the on line platform, while its cost at the neighborhood market was Tk250 for every kg .

Md Rafiqul, president of Adamdighee Fish Producer Organisation, stated the approach of marketing and advertising fish has grow to be a great deal smoother than ahead of thanks to the on the net market. He was equipped to hook up with likely prospective buyers in various pieces of Bangladesh.

Officials of the Department of Fisheries said the objective of this on-line method is to introduce an on line wholesale marketplace for the fish farmers, fishermen and fish traders. It will be an on the web bidding position for purchasers and sellers of wholesale fish marketplace. Hence, the fish farmers will get immediate obtain to the sector staying away from the middlemen, and get greater rate, suffering fewer post-harvest decline. The retail shoppers will also profit from this system by receiving quality fish at an inexpensive selling price.

The undertaking is financed by International Fund for Agricultural Progress (Ifad) and the Earth Lender.

Dr Arnoud Hameleers, country director of Ifad Bangladesh country programme mentioned, “Farmers’ obtain to marketplaces is key to the combat in opposition to poverty and hunger in the rural areas. Beneath the NATP-2 project, the Department of Fisheries introduces and encourages marketing and advertising fish by means of a digital platform that supports smallholder fish farmers to arrive at much larger marketplaces. Pofishmarket is this kind of an on the internet wholesale fish market, which permits rural fish farmers to keep uninterrupted trade of fish, even amid the Covid limitations.”

“Significant perishability of fish and the distant area of the fishers frequently outcome in small solution prices. Growing the present of fish further than the standard damp marketplaces, letting customers to accessibility merchandise on the internet proved to be of fantastic value and suggests the have to have for ground breaking marketing and advertising methods,” he ongoing.

“The Ifad, collectively with the Governing administration of Bangladesh and the Globe Lender, has been able to exhibit high adaptability and the capacity to innovate undertaking routines for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis. Such efforts must carry on as the world emerges from this disaster and prepares for a new typical,” he added.

SM Moniruzzaman, director of Undertaking Implementation Device of NATP-2 Job, reported fish generation in the country is continuously raising. The federal government has undertaken the NATP-2 venture to aid the distribution of this fish. This initiative has met with success in the Covid circumstance. The Office of Fisheries would get far more new initiatives to grow its on the net routines throughout the country based on these pilot pursuits.

Meanwhile, officials of the Fisheries Division mentioned that the Govt Committee of the National Financial Council (ECNEC) on August 24 authorized a task titled Weather Good Agriculture and Drinking water Management Job.

By means of the Local climate Sensible Agriculture and Water Administration Job, 14 Mini Fish Processing Plants (for benefit-included product or service improvement) will be produced less than the Division of Fisheries. In addition, an on the web fish advertising web site/applications will be launched to increase the on the internet market below the challenge.

Below the venture, fish will be supplied to area fish marketplaces, wholesale fish marketplaces and chain stores. This application will be executed in 29 upazilas of 18 districts of the country.

In 2019-20, the whole generation of fish in the state stood at 45.03 lakh metric tonnes, with a market place benefit of about Tk1,05,005 crore.

In accordance to the 8th 5 Yr Strategy, the goal for fish manufacturing has been established at 49.01 lakh metric tonne by 2025. Different new assignments are in the method to obtain this intention.

In addition, a overall of 76,591.69 tonnes of fish value Tk408.98 crore, has been exported in 2020-21. In the 8th Five Year Plan, the authorities has established a target to export 1. lakh metric tonnes of fish every yr by 2025.