Hilsha export 3,915 metric tonnes in six months, shrimp earnings to mark record high this year
SANGSAD BHABAN, Mar 3 (BSS)- In the first six months of the current fiscal, the country exported 3,915 metric tonnes of Hilsha fish and 30,431 metric tonnes of shrimp.
Minister for Fisheries and Animal Resources Abdul Latif Biswas said this in reply to a question from ruling party member Kamal Ahmed
Majumder in Jatiya Sangsad during question answer session.
The minister said the government has undertaken 19 development projects and two revenue budget projects for development of fishery resources. The projects helped increasing fish production in the country.
The minister said last year the government has given 1,66,740 fishermen 30 -kilogram rice each per month to refrain them from fishing during breeding period.
Replying to a question from another treasury bench member Sanjida Khanam the minister said Bangladesh exports shrimp in European countries, USA and Japan which are major importers of shrimp. While Hilsha fishes were exported mainly to India, UK and Middle East countries.
He said Bangladesh earned Taka 2,825 crore in 2009-2010 by exporting 51,599 metric tonnes of shrimp and Taka 124 crore from Hilsha export.
Last six months trend shows that shrimp export this year would set a new record, the minister hoped.