March also saw the second DBT review of our project. This review meeting was held in Vellore at CAHC. Dr Hauton represented the UK partners on the project, whilst Dr Salam presented a summary of work conducted in Bangladesh during the past year. This has been a particular difficult year for Bangladesh, with devastating fluids destroying crops and washing away shrimp and carp ponds. Nonetheless, Dr Salam was able to report on successful surveys of fish farmers conducted in the north of the Bangladesh during 2017. Work in India was also presented by Dr Sahul Hameed from CAHC, Dr Pradhan from NBFGR in Lucknow and Drs Shekhar and Vinay from CIBA in Chennai.
After this review meeting the team visited Elavoor village on the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh to interact with farmers at a CIBA organised event to celebrate Krishi Unnati. Soil test cards were distributed and farmers received advice on shrimp farming.