Fisheries and Livestock Secretary Raunak Mahmud on Monday asked officials to ramp up research and development to increase the production of native fish species.
The Fisheries and Livestock Secretary came up with the remark during an online views-exchange meeting with the officials concerned of the Fisheries Department and Divisional Fisheries Department, on the closing day of the National Fisheries Week-2020.
Additional secretary to the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry Shyamol Chandra Karmakar, Director General of Department of Fisheries Kazi Shams Afroz, and other high officials of the ministry were present at the meeting.
“We need to work more for doubling the fish fries released from previous year to increase the country’s fish production and we need to produce more fish fry in the government-owned hatcheries and provide them to the people involved in fish farming after the improvement of flood situation,” said Raunak.
He also asked to involve the owners of the private hatcheries in the fish fry releasing activities.
This year, the Fisheries Week has been observed from July 21 to 27 with the theme ‘Machh Utpadan Briddhi Kori, Shukhi Samriddha Desh Gori’ (Let us increase fish production and build a happy and prosperous country).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the National Fisheries Week 2020 formally on July 22 by releasing fish fingerlings into the lake of her official residence Ganobahaban in the city.