Aquaculture Development Project (AqDP)
Padakhep has been implementing Aquaculture Development Project (AqDP) since 2002. The project is designed to achieve some specific objectives related to the livelihoods of the poorest section of the society, especially women. Landless, marginal and small farmers, women, fishermen and fish farmers have been given special priority as the beneficiaries of the project. The project offer financial support to the beneficiaries in the form of credit through Sonali Bank to carry out their IGAs. The project has a credit fund for a comprehensive credit program to support the aquaculture based IGAs of the beneficiaries with the support of IFAD. Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock is the sponsoring agency and Department of Fisheries is the implementing agency for this initiative. Padakhep, as the lead NGO is operating the project through 8 partner NGOs in Rajbari, Faridpur, Magura, Jessore, Jhenaidah, Chuadanga, Meherpur and Kushtia.
Major objectives of the project are: