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Fish farming adds 3.57pc to GDP

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Fish farming adds 3.57pc to GDP

About 3.57 per cent of the country's GDP (gross domestic product) is contributed by fisheries sector as more than 11 per cent of the total population is dependent on this. State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru said this yesterday while inaugurating a two-day workshop at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) auditorium in the city.

Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) organised the workshop titled 'Annual Research Plan formulation 2019-2020'.

During the fiscal 2018-2019, the country earned about Tk 4,250 crore by exporting 73,171 metric tonnes of fisheries and fisheries products.

With the continuous efforts of the government, the state minister said, current fish production stands at 42.77 lakh metric tonnes, which was only 8 lakh metric tonnes in 1980.

He said the BFRI has been able to preserve the gene-pool of 21 fishes out of the 64 extinct fish varieties.

“We are now positioned first across the world in producing hilsa, 3rd in cultivating fishes in internal open water reservoirs, 4th in freshwater fish production, 5th in producing cultivated fish and 4th in tilapia production,” the junior minister informed.

This achievement belongs to everyone in the country, he said, adding that the BFRI has already been able to develop the breeding techniques of Parshey fish (scientific name: chelon subviridis) and ‘nona tangara’ (long whiskers catfish) fishes in coastal region.

The institute is also conducting research on the breeding and cultivation of wheel shrimp, herring shrimp, black eeltail catfish, barramundi fish, grunter fish and knight goby fish, he added.

“If the breeding and cultivation techniques of these fishes are developed, the production of the fish varieties in coastal region will increase significantly.”

Speakers at the function said the country’s fisheries sector contributes about 25 to 30 per cent to the revenue collected from agricultural sector in general. Besides, the country gets about 60 per cent animal protein from fishes.

BFRI Chief Scientific Officer Dr Ashraful Alam presented the keynote paper at the workshop while Director General of BARI Yahiya Mahmood chaired the function. Among others, Fisheries and Livestock Secretary Raichul Alam Mondal, Executive Chairman of the Agricultural Research Council Dr Md Kabir Ikramul Haque, Director General of Fisheries Directorate Abu Sayeed Md Rashedul Haque, and Dhaka University Prof Dr Niamul Haque spoke.

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