Fisheries experts at a fingerling releasing function here today said fish production consistently increased in last 10 years improving livelihoods of rural people cutting poverty and strengthening rural economy.
They came up with the observation while addressing the function organized by Fulbari upazila fisheries department for releasing huge quantity of fish fries in the Fulsagar Lake under Fulbari upazila in Kurigram.
The Fulbari upazila fisheries department released some 333-kg fish fries to 31 private and government sector water bodies on 103 hectares of land for boosting fish production in the upazila under the revenue budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal.
Kurigram district fisheries officer Md Zillur Rahman attended the main function held on the Fulsagar Lake bank and released fish fries as the chief guest with Fulbari upazila nirbahi officer Debendranath Urao in the chair.
Acting chairman of Fulbari Upazila Parishad Arjina Khatun, Fulbari Upazila fisheries officer Mahmudunnabi Mithu, Upazila agriculture officer Mahbubur Rashid and Upazila cooperative officer Azgar Ali addressed as special guests.
Fulbari UFO Mahmudunnabi said fish production was increasing in the tune of over one lakh tonnes annually in the country during the past one decade following successful implementation of various pragmatic steps taken by the present government.
‘The government has been implementing massive programmes for extension of fish farming in rural areas,’ he said adding that the government was also providing assistance to the fishermen, fish farmers and private sector entrepreneurs to boost fish output.
The chief guest put emphasis on boosting fish production along with protecting natural breeding grounds, stopping catch of smaller fishes to preserve extinct and indigenous fish species to achieve self-reliance by the rural people.
He stressed on bringing all ponds, tinny water bodies, canals, beels, haors and flood plains under fish cultivation using latest technologies to boost fish production for meeting nutrition of the people in building a healthier Bangladesh.
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