Bangladesh farmers fatten crabs on flooded land

February 22, 2011
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Below is an article published on BBC by Junaid Khan about BRAC’s crab fattening projects in Khulna, Bangladesh”We realised that there was no chance of the water receding anytime soon,” says Dr. Babar Kabir of the non-governmental organisation BRAC, which has been helping with relief and rehabilitation work in the area.

Below is an article published on BBC by Junaid Khan about BRAC’s crab fattening projects in Khulna, Bangladesh“We realised that there was no chance of the water receding anytime soon,” says Dr. Babar Kabir of the non-governmental organisation BRAC, which has been helping with relief and rehabilitation work in the area.

Crab farming has enabled Mujib to provide a new home for his family. But instead of aid, BRAC gave farmers money to buy small crabs, fatten them up and sell them back for export to countries such as Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore.

Some crabs can grow as heavy as 4kg and fetch up to $5 apiece. Dr. Kabir says the project shows that if land becomes unsuitable to grow crops, it can be used in other ways.”We tried to move people away from a relief mentality.” And paradoxically in this case, “water gives you a better economic return than land”, he told the BBC World Service.

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