Crab Fattening, Keti Bundar © MFF/DDS
To Provide alternative livelihood aquaculture (Juvenile Mud crab) farming to 8 poor fisher community (one male and one female in same Household) living in four villages of UC Keti Bunder
The marine resources in villages of UC Keti Bunder like other coastal villages in creek terrain of District Thatta are increasingly eroding the livelihood options. Small-scale coastal aquaculture has successfully been introduced throughout coastal belt and has the potential to be developed also in this village. Aquaculture initiatives have already started within the coastal belt and the interest among coastal communities seems high. Crab aquaculture (Scylla serrata) is one such activity that is developing within the coastal belt of Sindh province and the favorable market situation, both local and globally, may drive this development further. However, for developing any aquaculture activity in a sustainable way there is a need to introduce it at household levels with demonstration, train local fisherman communities in mud crab farming and its proper marketing.
The fisheries sector in Pakistan makes a significant contribution to the national economy, contributing about one percent to GDP and providing jobs to about one percent of the country's labor force.
There are a large number of fishermen’s villages all along Pakistan’s coastline where fishing is primary source of earnings for centuries Sindh is bestowed with a large coastal belt that supports the livelihoods of thousands mainly through fishing related activities.
Acute water shortage in the region, the intrusion of seawater, and the consequent loss of agricultural land due to climate change has had a significant impact on local fishing communities which depended on fisheries for their livelihood. The loss of this source of income has increased pressure on coastal resources, resulting in unsustainable fishing practices (such as using fine mesh nets) and over-exploitation of mangroves for grazing and fuel wood.
Recent studies have identified a number of potential alternative livelihood options for the disadvantaged groups, one of the options is mud crab Scylla ,that has been gaining popularity among the coastal community of district Thatta but poor fisherman communities are unable to go for aquaculture of mud crabbing due lack of technical capacity and financial resources as input for aquaculture farms and proper market value chain knowledge resulting deterioration in economic situation of communities.
Fishing communities of four villages in Union Council Keti Bunder
Women constituted marginalized group in the area. The project ensured gender equity through pairing of women with male beneficiaries.
Keti Bunder, Sindh, Pakistan
15th Dec 2014 to 15th Jun 2015
Sindh Fisheries Department
Sain Mansoor Dino Dahri
Address: A-73, Al-Rehman Cottages opposite HONDA Palace,
Bi-pass, Hyderabad-71000, Sindh Pakistan
Tel: 0092-22-3667141 / Cell: 0092-300-3094643/ 0092-333-2682088