Bangladesh produces 80pc of hilsa...

Dhaka, Tuesday   20 October 2020

Bangladesh produces 80pc of hilsa

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 07:12 PM, 12 October 2020   Updated: 07:24 PM, 12 October 2020

Bangladesh produces 80pc of hilsa

Bangladesh produces 80pc of hilsa

Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim said that Bangladesh has produced more than 80 percent of the total hilsa produced in the world this year. He said this at a press conference on the occasion of 'Mother Hilsa Protection Campaign 2020' at the Secretariat on Monday.

The livestock minister said, "We want hilsa to reach a stage where all people can eat hilsa. Commercial export will be considered after adequate hilsa production in the future. At the moment we are not thinking of exporting hilsa commercially. Hopefully, in the future, the production of Hilsa will reach a point where we will be able to earn a lot of foreign exchange by exporting Hilsa."

He said the size and taste of hilsa is much better than other years. Hilsa were rare once, but it is now within the reach of the common man. One of the reasons for this is that under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock and various departments and agencies under it, the Naval Police, the Coast Guard and the field administration are working together.

Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim

The minister said catching, selling, storing, and transporting hilsa would be banned for 22 days from Wednesday (October 14) to November 4 during the main breeding season. At this time, no one will be allowed to catch hilsa in the country's waters. 

He said the ban on catching and selling hilsa has been imposed to increase production. No one will be allowed to fish in the river where mother hilsa can be found.

Rezaul Karim said that in addition to the patrols of the naval police and the Coast Guard, they will be monitored in a state-of-the-art manner. 

Citing hilsa production broke all the previous records the Minister said, "We have taken a plan to continue this trend of production". From October 14 to November 4, catching mother hilsa has been completely banned. The fisheries department, navy, air force, coast guard, police, river police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), district and upazila administrations, including the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry, will enforce the ban.

He said we are providing adequate food assistance to those who are running their families by selling hilsa in 152 upazilas of 36 districts.