Bangladesh’s production increased to 1.32 million tons, surpassing China

Bangladesh’s freshwater fish production has increased to 1.32 million tonnes in the last two years. As a result, Bangladesh has overtaken China in the extraction of freshwater fish and has risen to the second position in the world. This information has emerged in the report of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said the Minister of Fisheries and Livestock. Abdur Rahman.

He informed this information by organizing a press conference at the secretariat on Thursday (June 13). The press conference was attended by Secretary of Fisheries and Livestock Ministry Syed Mahmud Belal Haider, Additional Secretary Md. Abdul Qayyum, Director General of the Department of Fisheries Syed Md. Alamgir and others.

It was informed in the press conference that according to the report of FAO, Bangladesh has overtaken China as the second place in the world in terms of freshwater fish production. Inland aquaculture continues to rank fifth in production of fish, eighth in production of crustaceans (shellfish such as shrimp, lobster, etc.) and 14th in marine fish production in the world.

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According to the report, China’s freshwater fish production was 1.46 million tons and ranked second in the world. On the other hand, the production of Bangladesh was 1.25 million tons and ranked third in the world. Bangladesh’s freshwater fish production has increased from 1.25 million tons to 1.32 million tons in the last two years. On the other hand, China’s production decreased from 1.46 million tons to 1.16 million tons.

It was informed in the press conference that in the last two years, hilsa, local species of fish (Pangas, Boal, Id and other small fish) and carp have made a significant contribution to the production of freshwater fish. Hilsa fish has the largest contribution in this. Bangladesh is the first among 11 hilsa producing countries in the world. Bangladesh is a role model in the world in hilsa production.

The Livestock Minister said that as a result of the government’s implementation of jatka conservation, implementation of hilsa breeding protection programs, declaration and management of hilsa shelters, the production of hilsa in the fiscal year 2022-23 has increased to 5.71 lakh metric tons to ensure sustainable production of hilsa.

He said that a total of 5,08,716.96 (Five Lakh Eight Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Six Metric Tons) metric tons of food assistance has been provided in the last 14 years under the social security program. Also, a total of 8,334.54 (eight thousand three hundred and thirty-four and fifty-four) metric tons of VGF food assistance has been given in the last 8 years during the prohibition period of mother hilsa extraction.