Although there are few farms dedicated to crocodile farming in Bangladesh in that region, they have a fairly large market to cover. Because in addition to having a good quality product, it is very popular in Europe, Asia, and some nearby countries. Also, they have an established market that generates good profits. Regardless of the global recessions, farms that have less than 20 years in the market are well established. The people who buy the products of Bangladesh are wealthy people, which helps the market to maintain itself.
Crocodile farming in Bangladesh is a growing industry. Crocodiles are grown for their skin, meat, and eggs. These animals can be harvested by the hundreds every year. They are one of the most profitable livestock available to Bangladeshis with an average return of $1 million annually per croc farm!
Crocodile Farming in Bangladesh
There is a farm in India that is very large, which has 15 acres. The facilities of the farm have numerous ponds that allow the crocodiles to be scattered. In addition, this farm began to work in early 2000 and imported porous crocodiles. The importation of this species to India implied that the crocodiles adapted, and in that process, some individuals died. You may also like to read Crocodile farming techniques.
However, the number of deaths was less than 10% of the total population. In addition, the species that house the farm are usually saltwater, which saves on the ponds in terms of maintenance. Since they can have farms near the sea.
The crocodiles usually in this area are mated in rainy seasons. It takes at least 1 week after mating occurs to lay the eggs. The eggs take around 2 and a half months to be born. The crocodiles make their nests in the earth and build them with mud and leaves and that is where they lay their eggs. In addition, crocodiles sometimes build false nests to mislead predators.
The temperature that the eggs maintain means a change in them since when the eggs are below 30 degrees Celsius they will be females. While if the eggs have a temperature higher than 30 degrees Celsius will be males. The females of the crocodiles have the particularity that when they see that the environment is not favorable for the young, they crush or eat the eggs.
Even though crocodiles are on farms, farmers take their forecasts to maintain the species. One of the measures that it takes is to look for the eggs to keep them in incubators. And although farmers do their best to keep eggs, the egg birth rate is low. Even the birth rate reaches 20%. Although year after year the percentage of offspring that survive continues to increase.
The farms in some way seek to be sustainable. That is why, although they conserve the species and take care of them, they somehow market the species that they raise. When individuals are already in adulthood, they can sacrifice them and thus market the different products that are obtained from them. What is sold the most is the skin since they get good remuneration per square centimeter of good quality skins. You may also like to read Crocodile farming in Nigeria
In the same way, meat although in a smaller proportion is also commercialized. While the bones are usually used for the creation of perfumes. And last but not least teeth and claws are usually used as ornaments. In addition, the farm also works with the export of species. Another feature of the crocodile market in Bangladesh is that it is a market for wealthy users.
Since not everyone will invest in expensive pieces. And the market that is most interested in the skins, and in the export of crocodiles in the European market. Likewise, the Asian and Australian markets are interested in the products produced in Bangladesh. In addition, Bangladesh is benefited from the export agreements it has with Europe.
The production of crocodiles in Bangladesh has been mainly devoted to the production of skins. Since that’s where they get their biggest profits from. The farms produce around 5000 pieces in a year, which leaves a production above the millions of dollars. So the market is feasible enough and lucrative enough. Besides the farms are not only dedicate to the exploitation of the species but also seek the protection and preservation it.
In this region, they have not taken any species to threaten it so that it is in danger of extinction. Bangladeshi farmers have taken advantage of all the products and sub-products that they get from the crocodiles. So nothing that they produce generates any loss. Although the number of crocodiles is below 500 individuals, enough production of the offspring they have generated is achieved.
In addition, the farms began production with less than 100 individuals, and have been maintained over time, managing to produce, and safeguarding the species.
As a reference: Wikipedia