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Khasru for abiding Jatka ban to protect Hilsha

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Business Desk :
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru on Friday urged all to follow ongoing ban on eight-month-long ban has been imposed on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting of 'Jatka' from November to June, appropriately to protect Hilsha.
"Hilsha has been recognized as geographical indication (GI) product of Bangladesh and around five lakh coastal fishermen are involved directly with catching the fish. Around 25 lakh more people are involved with selling, hoarding, producing ice, making nets, transporting fish, exporting of Hilsha.  So at least for the sake of this huge number of people, we should abide by this ban," he said at a press briefing marking National Jatka Week-2019 here.
The minister said the government has banned catching, selling and transporting of Hilsha fry less than 25cm long, known as Jatka from November to June to give them a fair chance to become a full-fledged Hilsha.
"Though Hilsha is found in 13 other countries around the world, but it has special significance in our culture and economy. It is playing a major role in meeting the demand of protein and reducing poverty. We are working to raise awareness against catching Jatka and mother Hilsha, conducting mobile courts, helping fishermen through VGF," Khasru added.
The minister urged everyone to extend their helping hands in making National Jatka Week-2019 from March 16-22 a grand success.

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