PM opens shrimp research centre at Bagerhat today
KHULNA, Mar 14: The only shrimp research centre of the country at Bagerhat constructed at a cost of Tk 230 million is going to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (Tuesday) noon, official sources said.
The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of Bagerhat Bar Council building. She will also attend a special Munajat at Bagerhat Khanjahan Ali (Rm.) Major and later at 3 pm she will deliver address a public meeting as chief guest at Khanjahan Ali collage maiden, arranged by Bagerhat district Awami League and its front organisations.
All arrangements have been completed by the district and police administration to hold the programme successfully. Source said that after inauguration of the said research centre the shrimp cultivators of south western region will be highly benefited in this sector. The shrimp farmers expressed satisfaction over the inauguration of this researches centre.
Country’s second highest foreign currency earniner, a total of 80-90 per cent
frozen foods and fisheries are produced in Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira and Jessore districts.
In 2005 the then Prime Minister has taken an initiative to remove the problems of the shrimp sector from this area. For this 8 acres of land at a cost of Tk 2.9 million near Daratana bridge of Bhairab river of Bagerhat and a project was undertaken to set up a shrimp research centre at a cost of Tk 226.8 million in 2005-2006 financial year.
Under this project an office building, an auditorium, seminar room, a training centre with one hundred seats, 4 laboratories, 9 research ponds, one hatchery and a staff dormitory and a manpower of 28 are functioning in the project initially. Meanwhile, about 4500 shrimp farmers have been provided training through this project.