Bangladesh to produce 4.2m tonnes fishes in FY16-17

Published: July 20, 2017 10:28:50 | Updated: October 24, 2017 16:22:05

Fish production in Bangladesh is estimated to increase to 4.04 million tonnes in 20015-16 fiscal year from 3.88 million tonnes in 2014-15 fiscal.


Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque Tuesday said this adding the country will be self-sufficient in fish through enhancing production up to 4.2 million tones within the next year.


He was addressing a press briefing  in the city marking the beginning of National Fisheries Week-2017.


The fisheries minister said in 2008-09 the country produced only 2.70 million  tonnes fishes and the production was significantly increased to 3.88 million tonnes in 2015-16 fiscal year due to various development programmes taken by the government.


Citing a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimate, the minister said the country will need almost 4.2 million tonnes fish in a year to meet its annual demand with daily per capita requirement of 60 grams.


The minister  said the government has released 558.35 tonnes of fish fries throughout the country under development and revenue sectors in 2016-17 fiscal year, adding that a total of 1251 beel-hatcheries also have been set up for raising the production of open water fishes, according to a report by BSS.

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