Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Monday said Bangladesh is now exporting fish and fish-made products to over 50 countries across the world.
He said this while responding to a query made by M Mamunur Rashid Kiron of Noakhali-3 at the question-answer session tabled in the Jatiya Sangsad here with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
In 2021-22 fiscal, he said, the country earned Taka 5,191.75 crore foreign currency by exporting a total of 74,042.67 tonnes of fish and fish-made products, said the minister.
Currently, Bangladesh is now exporting different types of shrimp, including Bagda, Galda, Harina and different carp fishes, like Ruhi, Katla, Mrigal, Kalibaush, catfishes like aier, tangra, boal, pabda, shing, magur, pangas, gulsha, koi, kuchia, sea fishes like vetki, datina, rupchanda, baim, and crab to various countries.
In addition to this, the country also exports different types of dry fishes, scale of fishes and shrimp shells. Nearly 70 percent are the value-added products of the all exported fisheries and fish products.
Responding a another query made by ruling party lawmaker Hazi Muhammad Selim of Dhaka-7, the fisheries minister said Bangladesh annually produces 2 lakh 61 thousand and 154 tonnes of shrimp, where 11.7 percent or 30,571.40 tonnes of frozen shrimp were exported abroad during 2021-22.
In the 2021-22 fiscal, Bangladesh earned Taka 3,636.59 crore foreign currency from shrimp export.