Alexa We want to grab 1st place in producing fish: PM

Dhaka, Thursday   22 August 2019


We want to grab 1st place in producing fish: PM

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 01:49 PM, 18 July 2019   Updated: 02:54 PM, 18 July 2019

Photo: PID

Photo: PID

Noting that Bangladesh ranked third in producing fish from inland water bodies in the world, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said, “Our country is a riverine country. Inshallah, we’ll be able to grab the first place (in the world) in the future coming out of the third place.” 

The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the National Fish Week 2019 at the auditorium of Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) in the capital.  

Sheikh Hasina said the fish production in the last 10 years has increased by 58.35 percent to about 4.277 million metric tonnes. “Our target is to increase production to 4.5 million metric tonnes, not to remain stuck at 4.277 million metric tonnes.”

The Premier stressed the importance of maintaining the international standard of fish and fish products for export as riverine Bangladesh can grab the first position in the world in producing fish from inland water bodies.

“It’s very essential to maintain the quality of fish (and fish products) which we’re exporting to foreign markets,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said once there was no good laboratory to ensure the quality of fish and fish products in the country, but her government set up three ISO-accredited laboratories in Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna to maintain the international standard of fish and fish products.

“The fish which we’ll export should be of good quality so that those can enter the international markets,” she said.

At the inaugural ceremony, the Prime Minister also distributed ‘National Fisheries Award 2019’ among a number of individuals and organisations for their contributions to the fisheries sector.  

A video presentation was made depicting the country’s success in the fisheries sector.

State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru presided over the function, while Fisheries and Livestock Secretary Md Raisul Alam Mondal delivered the welcome speech.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Livestock Ministry Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu was present at the dais.

Director-General of Fisheries Department Abu Sayed Md Rashedul Haque conducted the award distribution function.

Later, the Prime Minister opened a fish fair on the KIB premises.