Vol. 6, Issue 3 (2019)
Value chain analysis of mud Crab (Scylla spp.) in southwest region of Bangladesh
Author(s): Aliza Sultana, Md. Raseduzzaman, Shaikh Tareq Arafat, Dr. Salma Begum
Abstract: This study has been undertaken to explore the insights of mud crab (Scylla spp.) value chain in southwest region of Bangladesh. A total of 160 samples was surveyed for this research as they are likely to have the greatest control over the overall system. Crab catcher, farmer, faria, depot owner, supplier, exporter was identified as the key actor of mud crab value chain. The results showed that about 78.4% of wild catch was undertaken to upper market for export purpose. About 3.1% of low-quality crab was domestically consumed and rest 18.5% of wild underweight crabs was taken to farmer for further fattening. The study revealed that the value addition was found 3%, 7%, 6%, 39%, 16%, and 29% respectively for the catcher, depot, faria, farmer, supplier, and exporter. The highest gross profit margin (19%) and the highest markup (23%) was observed for the farmer. Dadon system, ransoms for robbery in Sundarbans, low harvest, virus attack, lack of crab hatchery etc. were observed the main hindrance of mud crab value chain. Ultimately, the work is convenient here to apprehend the value chain performance and identifying critical factors to support the sectoral improvement in a sustainable manner in southwest region of Bangladesh.