Hello, who are you?
I am Mohammed Moshiur Rahman, known as Moshiur, from the Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI), Mymensingh. I am the National Innovation Facilitator for the Fish cluster (niche) in Trishal, Mymensingh. I have a BSc Honours degree in Fisheries and an MSc in Fisheries Technology from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh. At present I am working at the Freshwater Station, BFRI, Mymensingh on stock improvement and culture technology development of tilapia and pangas in Bangladesh. My research also focuses on developing breeding and culture technologies to help conserve 16 endangered indigenous fish species. I hope to do my PhD in Malaysia later this year to develop my expertise in this area.
What are your roles and responsibilities as National Innovation Facilitator?
I am working with tilapia and pangas (catfish) farmers to help them address the problems they face in fish production and marketing, particularly to develop their soft skills and bring them together in a platform for producing safe and quality fish which find remunerative markets.
What has CDAIS changed for you?
Being part of the CDAIS project I have learned how to facilitate activities and engage with farmers and other stakeholders. The CDAIS concept has introduced new dimensions to resolving critical problems of fish farmers as well as enabling them to voice their views and contribute to finding solutions. CDAIS supports learning to encourage motivation, linkages, multi-stakeholder cooperation and development. Through this project I am able to increase my own functional, communication and sharing skills. This year I attended the Pineapple cluster inaugural workshop in Bandarban, to share my expertise with the other NIFs, and participated in the NIF meeting led by the lead NIF to finalize the coaching plans.