August 13, 2022

PM emphasizes the use of all water bodies for fishing

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July 24, 2022 5:26:32 p.m.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged compatriots and concerned authorities to maximize the use of water bodies to further boost the fisheries sector as Bangladesh ranks third in world fish production, reports BSS .

Opening the National Fisheries Week, the prime minister expected fish to be a major element in expanding the country’s export basket with increased production after meeting national protein demands.

“I believe that we will not have a shortage (of fish) and that we will be able to expand the export basket by incorporating this item (in a larger volume) if people with water bodies agree added importance to fish farming,” she said at the inauguration of the National Fisheries. Week-2022 on Sunday.

The Prime Minister joined the ceremony at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) organized by the Department of Fisheries appearing on a virtual platform from her official residence in Ganabhaban when she also handed out the National Fisheries Award of the year.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Bangladesh became the third largest producer of fish in 2018, while in 2020 the United Nations organization reported that the position of the country was 11% in capture fisheries alone.

Sheikh Hasina stressed the need to establish food and fish production industries in the 100 economic zones being created across the country.

She also urged the younger generation to unite to build industries to create jobs and increase the number of export items and foreign exchange earnings.

“If we can establish processing industries and process fish, many countries will import them. We can also export various items produced from fish. This will meet our local demands and increase foreign income while generating employment largely.” , she said.

The Prime Minister strongly criticized those who are mass criticizing Bangladesh which will face the same situation that Sri Lanka is currently facing without realizing the essence of the global context under the fallout of Covid-19 and the Russian-Ukrainian war.

She added, “Let them say everything will be ruined. But we are doing our duty to move Bangladesh forward. The country must move forward because the people are always with us and we trust them.”

Minister of Fisheries and Livestock, SM Rezaul Karim, Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, and Secretary of Fisheries and Livestock, Dr. Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury took the floor during the ceremony.

On behalf of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Agriculture presented medals to 21 individuals and organizations.

Seven of them received gold medals for their significant contribution to increased fish production, job creation and foreign exchange earning.

Director General of Fisheries Department Kh. Mahbubul Haque hosted the award ceremony.

A video documentary on the development of the country’s fisheries sector under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was shown during the ceremony.

The “National Fisheries Week-2022” has started across the country from July 23 (last Saturday) and will continue till July 29 with the theme “Nirapad Machhea Varbo Desh, Bangabandhur Bangladesh (The country will be filled with safe fish, Bangabandhu’s Bangladesh)”.

Earlier in the morning, the Prime Minister dropped fish fries into Lake Ganabhaban following in the footsteps of Nation Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The Minister of Fisheries and Livestock, SM Rezaul Karim, was present, among others.

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