Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim on Sunday laid emphasis on development of fisheries sector for boosting economic prosperity in the country, reports BSS.
“There is no alternative to expanding fish production as it will help meet the nutritional demand of people alongside expediting economic progress,” he said.
The Minister was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of a workshop titled ‘Annual research progress review and planning report of the Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI)’ at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council auditorium at Farmgate in the capital, an official release said.
The fisheries sector can also create job opportunities for the unemployed youths of the country, he said, adding the fisheries sector can also play a huge role in creating entrepreneurs, who will improve the rural livelihoods
by eradicating the poverty.
Referring to the success of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) in reviving endangered native fishes, the minister said that the Fisheries
Research Institute has been creating new opportunities to overcome the crisis in fish production.
Speaking as special guest, Fisheries and Livestock Secretary Rawnak Mahmud said that through extensive research, hilsha fish production will increase significantly in the country.
Among others, Director General of Fisheries Department Kazi Shams Afroz, Additional Secretary of the Ministry Shyamal Chandra Karmakar and Md.
Taufiqul Arif, senior officials of the ministry, Fisheries Department and BFRI, fisheries scientists, extension workers, university teachers, representatives of government and non-government organizations, were present at function.