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Staff Correspondent
The government has taken various projects in order to develop the country’s fisheries sector.
To this end, Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation (BFDC) organised a meeting at its headquarters at Karwan Bazar in the city with State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru in the chair.
The meeting focused on fast implementation of the ongoing projects at reasonable costs to make the BFDC a profitable organisation.
Ashraf Ali Khan said, “We have to make the BFDS a profitable institution by implementing the ongoing projects as early as possible at the reduced costs.” He also gave instructions to the officials related to the proposed projects and different ongoing projects.
After the meeting with BFDC officials, he told reporters that they discussed the overall situation of BFDC and its future plan.
“The state minister has asked us to expedite the implementation of the ongoing projects,” an official said.
According to BFDC official report, “BFDC has proposed a number of projects in the meeting including new fish landing centres at Chandpur; Habiganj and Sunamganj, setting up of a modern dried fish village (Shutki Polli) at Khurushkul upazila in Cox’s Bazar, expansion of BFDC building, installation of fish post at Payra sea port, purchase of two modern deep sea fishing trawlers and three fish vans to increase the marketing of fish in the Dhaka metropolitan areas.”
From those proposed projects, BFDC has fixed Tk 24,800 lakh for ETP project and modern dried fish Mohal (Shutki Mohal) at Khurushkul upazila in Cox’s Bazar district.
The fish production has reached 13,200 tonnes from Kaptai Lake in 2017-18 fiscal which was 7,190 tonnes in 2009-10 fiscal, according to BFDC report.
BFDC helps boost fish production, fish collection, process, market formalin-free fish in country’s different areas, and take steps to export healthy fish and fisheries item, said the official.
Besides, BFDC has finished the work of Multichannel Slipway project while two other development projects are implementation.