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Country’s first-ever fish research lab launched

Staff Correspondent

12 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

World Fish Bangladesh, an international, non-profit research and innovation institution, in association with Fishtech (BD) Limited has launched first ever system laboratory on fish and shrimp disease research.

The Aquatic Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, termed in short the ‘Fishtech Laboratory’  is a specialised first-time PCR-based mollicular fish laboratory in Khulna, in the southern part of Bangladesh,  to leading a breakthrough with far-reaching implications for commercial fish and shrimp industry and aquaculture business. 

Fishtech (BD) Limited Chairman Khandaker Farhad Hossain, Managing Director Mohammad Ataul Karim Bhuiyan, and Director (Research and Development) Mohammad Tareq Sarkar were present at the lab inauguration ceremony on Thursday in Khulna.

 The laboratory has been equipped with RT-PCR technology to diagnosis a total of 11 types of harmful  viruses and bacterial diseases in fish and shrimp, as well as state-of-art scientific equipment from Europe, America and other countries for testing 18 properties  of social and  water.

Besides, by diagnosing various diseases of fish and shrimp and testing the soil and water of respective farms and ponds, the Laboratory has already started its functions aimed at increased production of fish and shrimp farmers, profits and above all to improve the livelihoods of small fish farmers in the Southern part of the country. 

Funded by the USAID’s Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture Activity, the specialized ‘ Fishtech Laboratory’ is  a joint partnership between the international research organization WorldFish Bangladesh and FishTech (BD) Limited the preferred partner to providing entrepreneurs development program for commercial fish farming across Bangladesh.

The lead researcher at the Center for Excellence of Shrimp at Mahidol University in Thailand Dr. Shenchang Senapin is the leading consultant for this Laboratory project.