Ban on farming of ‘Manipuri Hilsa’ in the country...

Dhaka, Tuesday   20 October 2020

Ban on farming of ‘Manipuri Hilsa’ in the country

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 02:06 PM, 17 October 2020  

Manipuri Hilsa

Manipuri Hilsa

To protect the uniqueness of silver hilsa and to prevent adulteration, the government has banned the production and farming of ‘Manipuri hilsa’ fish fry in Bangladesh. It is called ‘Manipuri Hilsa’ or Pengba as it is farmed in the Indian state of Manipuri. Recently, the Fisheries Department has sent letters to all the district fisheries officers.

Recently, the Mymensingh District Fisheries Department has sent a letter to the Director General of the Fisheries Department to take action on this species of fish, officials said. In this context, the department directed to take action on ‘Manipuri Hilsa’.

According to the Department of Fisheries, 80 percent of the world’s hilsa, which is incomparable in taste and smell, is found in the rivers of Bangladesh. There is a huge demand for silver hilsa of Bangladesh in the country as well as in the world. However, it has been alleged that the unscrupulous clique is producing ‘Manipuri Hilsa’ in different districts by bringing minnow or eggs.  

The letter, signed by Azizul Haque, Deputy Director (Fisheries) of the Fisheries Department, said that a species of fish called ‘Manipuri Hilsa’ had entered the country illegally from other countries and was being cultivated by producing fry in hatcheries. The Mymensingh District Fisheries Department has already fined a private hatchery for illegally producing fish fry through a mobile court.

The letter further said that according to sections 8 and 9 of the Hatchery Act, 2010, no fish, minnow can be imported and can be produced without the permission of the Director General or an officer authorized by him. Moreover, according to Section 9 of the Fisheries Quarantine Act, 2018, no fish, fish products, beneficial germs or packaging products can be imported into Bangladesh without an import permit. In this situation, the district fisheries officers have been instructed to take legal action if any fish hatchery is produced in a hatchery under it and to take further necessary steps so that the farming of this fish is not expanded in any pond or farm.