Monday, 17th January, 2022
Monday, 17th January, 2022

Hilsa output reaches 5.50 lakh MT in 2020-21 FY

Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Friday said country’s Hilsa production has marked a significant rise to5.50 lakh tonnes due to time befitting measures undertaken by the government, reports BSS.

“Country’s overall Hilsa production in 2020-21 fiscal reaches to over 5.50 lakh tonnes as a result of strict measures implemented by the government,” he said.

The minister made this remark while addressing a district-level seminar titled ‘Development and Management of Hilsa resources project’, jointly organized by the Department of Fisheries (DoF) and concerned Ilish resource project, at the circuit house in Pirojpur.

Terming the current Hilsa production as the ‘wonder’ of the world, the minister said “Hilsa once upon a time encountered a rare species and reached on the brink of extinction…but government’s appropriate strategies have made the situation normal.”

The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has played a vital role in protecting the national fish as the fish contributes about 12% of the total fish production and about 1.15% of the GDP, he told the seminar as the chief guest.

Elaborating government steps for protecting the fishes, Rezaul said “We on behalf of the government are imposing tougher action during restriction of mother and jatka Hilsa.Initiative of aerial monitoring operation is also underway.”

Hilsa sanctuary and laboratory also have been set up for increasing its production,he said, adding that “even legal actions are being taken against those who are trying to destroy this valuable resources.”

Rezaul said the government has launched ‘Hilsa resources development and management project’.

He, however, said climate change, river water pollution and uncontrolled dredging in most of the time caused an impediment to breeding and habitats of the Hilsa fishes and that’s why the Hilsas are mostly moving to another place from its habitats.

About the size and quantity of the Hilsa, the minister said “now the big size Hilsas are available in the country compared to any time in the past. Even the quantity of the fishes is rising.”

Hilsa meets nearly peoples’60 percent protein demand – production has been raised up to six-fold in the last three decades.

Chaired by Deputy Commissioner of Pirojpur Abu Ali Mohammad Sajjad Hossain, the seminar also was attended,among others, by Deputy Director of Barishal Fisheries Department Anisur Rahman Talukder, Pirojpur district Awami League General Secretary MA Hakim Hawlader, Hilsa Resource Development and Management Project Director Zia Haider Chowdhury.

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