BMP Video for Aceh Shrimp Farmers Officially Launched
Banda Aceh, March 5, 2008 – To increase awareness on sustainable shrimp farming, the Provincial Maritime and Fisheries Agency launched a documentary video on better management practices (BMP) as educational materials for shrimp farmers in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD).
The video was launched by the Vice Governor of Aceh, Muhammad Nazar, in Banda Aceh. Also present at the launching were representatives from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Ausaid, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) who worked together in creating the BMP video.
The BMP video is to be screened at over 100 villages throughout 2008, using an FAO sponsored van and big screen. The first showings of the video were sponsored by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Ausaid and FAO, for 20 villages in Bireuen districts. “The response to the video has been amazing. During the first week of its screening, over 2,430 men and 1700 women have watched the BMP video,??? said an Ausaid representative.
The BMP video material consist of district-specific crop calendars, information on ponds preparation, selecting shrimp seeds, handling and stocking, water and soil quality management, and also feed management. Furthermore, the BMP video also provides more information on shrimp’s health management and disease prevention, harvesting and post-harvesting handling, forming of farmer groups, and the management of food quality at farm level for better market access.
Vice Governor of Aceh, Muhammad Nazar, stated that “the shrimp industry, as an important contributor to the overall agribusiness and aquaculture sector in Aceh, has large potential for improving livelihoods of the Acehnese people, especially those in former conflict areas.??? Meanwhile, the team from NACA engaged by ADB to support the rehabilitation of the fisheries sector, believe that “the BMP video is a simple and practical way of sharing and improving aquaculture knowledge in rural Aceh.???
Arun Padiyar, aquaculture specialist consultant to IFC and FAO in Aceh, said the “BMP video will be a very important tool to effectively disseminate the key messages to masses of people, as Aceh has more than 100,000 shrimp farmers and more or less 50,000 hectares of shrimp ponds producing export-quality shrimp valuing more than $65 million per year???.
According to the Director of Balai Budidaya Air Payau (BBAP) for Ujung Bate, Coco Kokarkin, the awareness of Aceh’s shrimp farmers on the need for better management practices could help them prevent diseases and increase the level of success. “Awareness on BMP by shrimp farmers will help them to dramatically increase the crop success rates, thus increasing the shrimp yield and financially benefit the poor and marginal farmers,??? said Kokarkin.
During the BMP video launching event, the BMP manual book was also officially launched. The BMP manual book will also be distributed to shrimp farmer groups in NAD and this year, more than 10,000 shrimp farmer will receive the colourful manual.
The BMP manual book is the outcome of close cooperation between various parties to develop and improve shrimp ponds in NAD. In this case, IFC, AusAid, United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), American Red Cross, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) sponsored DKP, BRR-NAD and Nias, Balai Budidaya Air Payau Ujung Bate, Aceh Besar in making the additional materials.