Govt working to revive water bodies: PM
Meet global standard in fish production for export, she says
Published : Friday, 19 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 703
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the government is working to revive all the water bodies across the country aimed at boosting fish production.
She said this while inaugurating the 'National Fisheries Week-2019' at Krishibid Institute of Bangladesh (KIB) in the city.
State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, Secretary of the Ministry's parliamentary standing committee Md Raisul Alam Mondal spoke on the occasion while Chairman of the committee Dhirendra Devnath Shambhu was present.
Earlier, the Prime Minister distributed the 'National Fisheries Award- 2019' among 17 institutions and individuals for their contributions in the fisheries sector.
The Prime Minister, then, handed over eight gold medals and nine silver medals to 17 individuals and institutions, including M Chhalim Uddin, MP, and Bangladesh Navy.
Navy Chief Rear Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury on behalf of Bangladesh Navy received the award. Each of the gold medal recipients received a Tk 50,000 cheque while the silver medalist Tk 30,000.
The Prime Minister, later, inaugurated a fair on the premises of the Institute.
She called for a greater emphasis on production, processing, and marketing of fish. She also stressed on pisci-culture to meet the national demand for protein.
"We have to increase fish production for our socio-economic growth," she said.
The Prime Minister said she believes that fish can become Bangladesh's main export item if the country ensures a sustainable use of its aquatic resources and wetlands.