Bangladesh has attained self-sufficiency in fish boosting up the production by over 50 percent in last 11 years following the effective and time befitting measures of her government, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“New technologies of fish farming and production of seed fishes have been invented by the Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute to protect 25 species of freshwater fishes from extinction,” she said.
The Premier revealed this in Parliament this morning in replying to a tabled question from the treasury bench lawmaker Ali Azam of Bhola-2. Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury chaired the sitting of the eleventh session of the 11th Jatiya Sangsad, reports BSS.
Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh has upgraded its position to second place in producing fresh-water fishes as per the report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the country now becomes self-sufficient in fish. Now, each person in the country intakes 62.25gm of fish against the daily demand of 60gm, she added.
Her government’s aim is not only to meet the nutrition demand of the country’s people through boosting the fish production, but also set a goal to generate huge employment in this sector and earn foreign currency exporting fish to abroad, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh produced a total of 43.84 lakh metric tons of fish in fiscal 2019-20 which was (27.01 lakh metric tons) 62.31 percent higher than of fiscal 2008-09.