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Govt won`t export hilsa next 5 years

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:32 PM, 6 January 2021  

Govt won`t export hilsa next 5 years

Govt won`t export hilsa next 5 years

The government has decided not to export hilsa for the next five years considering the demand of the country. Exports will be made only if the country's demand is met, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Sham Rezaul Karim said today.

The minister came up with the comments while briefing reporters at the secretariat on Wednesday.

He said the present Awami League government has completed 12 years. During this time, our fisheries and livestock have improved a lot.

Rezaul Karim said the production of hilsa in 2010 was 2.99 lakh metric tonnes which is 5.33 lakh metric tons now. Bangladesh is the top country in the world to produce hilsa.

The minister said the people of the village still could not eat hilsa. They have to taste hilsa. Therefore, the government has decided not to export hilsa in the next 5 years.

Many initiatives taken by the present government played a big role to increase hilsa production. Hilsa production increased gradually because of the implementation of a ban on fishing in the sea at certain times, and the prohibition on catching jatka (small Hilsa) and mother Hilsa's in the sanctuaries at certain periods. Therefore, the export of hilsa would not be reasonable.

Besides, the overall fish production was 30.72 lakh metric tonnes 12 years ago, which is now 44.7 lakh metric tonnes, the minister said.

It is to be noted that according to the current month's calculation of the international fisheries organization WorldFish, 86 percent of the total hilsa of the world is now being produced in Bangladesh. India is the second-largest hilsa producer after Bangladesh while Myanmar is the 3rd place. The rest of Hilsa is being produced in Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, according to the observations of WorldFish, Department of Fisheries and Fisheries Research Institute, not only in terms of quantity but also in size, Bangladesh is well ahead.