5,500 Gaibandha fishermen get VGF rice

Published : 07 Oct 2020 09:45 PM | Updated : 08 Oct 2020 08:33 AM

Around 5500 fishermen residing on the bank of the river Brahmaputra of tGaibandha district would get rice under Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme during the period of ban on hilsha catching, trading, hoarding as well as transporting across the country, reports BSS. 

The 22-day ban of hilsha fish catching, selling, hoarding and transportation will come into effect from October 14 and it would continue till November 4, District Fisheries Officer (DFO) Abdud Dayan Dulu told BSS.

The fishermen residing on the bank of the river would not be allowed to catch hilsha fish in the river and as such they might suffer financial hardship for want of income, he added.

Keeping this in view, the government took a step to distribute rice under VGF programme to help the fishermen during this crisis period, he further added.

As part of the programme, the fishermen who have the identity card from by the fisheries department, would get 20 Kgs of rice each, he said