Bangladesh has more than 580 km coastline area which is populated by lower and lower middle class people who are either directly or indirectly involved with coastal economy. Crab cultivation has been treated as one of the dependable sources of livelihood for many years. A majority number of families in that area have chosen crab cultivation as their exclusive source of income. This study was conducted in the southern part of Bangladesh on the crab cultivators and middlemen of Khulna and Satkhira districts. In this study, it was tried to explore the challenges that cultivators face in mud crab production and the challenges conceded by the producers and middlemen in the marketing of mud crab. A total of 40 producers and middlemen were selected for interview with structured questionnaire. Analysis of data shows that mud crab production challenges come from natural disaster, virus attack, lack of training, lack of government loan, low quality crab seeds etc. on the other hand crab marketing fall into challenges of not following proper marketing system, instability in channel and pricing system, unfavorable relationship between middlemen and crab cultivators, unhealthy competition etc. based on the analysis, some recommendations have been suggest that would be helpful to the people and organization who are involved with mud crab production and marketing.
Shaikh Taufikul Islam, Md Zaber Hossain, Irin Sultana. Challenges in mud crab production and marketing: A study on Khulna and Satkhira District. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 4, Issue 9, 2017, Pages 206-212