National Fisheries Week begins today

The National Fisheries Week begins today across the country aims at creating awareness among mass people to produce more fish with proper use of water-bodies and protect indigenous fish species from extinction, reports BSS.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to officially inaugurate the week by releasing fries at a lake of Ganabhaban on Thursday, the second day of the Fisheries Week.

On the day, the premier will award ‘National Fisheries Award-2019’ to 17 selected organisations and persons for their outstanding contribution to the sector.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separated messages on the occasion.

“The government has taken and implemented enormous plans, including fish culture extension, release of fries in open water bodies, development of fish habitats, installation of fish sanctuaries and training programmes for fish- farmers and fishermen in order to develop the fisheries sector,” said the President.

“Bangladesh has incurred 3rd position in inland open water fish production and 5th position in fish production in enclosure as per a report titled ‘the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018’ designed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations,” said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her message. To mark the week, State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khosru will address a press conference at the Department of Fisheries (DoF) at 11 am tomorrow. Earlier, a colourful procession will be brought out from the Department of Fisheries at 8am.

A weeklong fish fair will begin on the premises of Krishibid Institute of Bangladesh (KIB), Farmgate in the city today.