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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Enhancing fish farming to ensure food security stressed

Staff Correspondent, Rangpur :
Fisheries experts at a discussion have said continuous increase in fish production in last ten years is cutting poverty and meeting nutrition of people on way to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
They made the observation at the post-rally discussion jointly arranged by the district administration and Department of Fisheries at Town Hall auditorium on Thursday afternoon to begin observance of the National Fisheries Week-2019.
Acting Divisional Commissioner Md. Zakir Hossain attended the discussion as the chief guest with Acting Deputy Commissioner Syed Farhad Hossain in the chair.
Divisional Deputy Director of the Department of Fisheries Latifur Rahman, Project Director of the 'Fisheries Development Project for Rangpur Division' Ataur Rahman Khan, Additional Police Super Maruf Elahi, Acting President of district Awami League Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed addressed as special guests.
In his welcome speech, District Fisheries Officer Barun Chandra Biswas said farmers produced 53,053 tonnes fish during the last 2018-2019 FY in the district against annual demand of 63,095 tonnes.
"Fish production is increasing by 3,500 tonnes on an average annually in the district that will achieve self-reliance in fish by next couple of years," Biswas said.
The fisheries experts said Bangladesh already achieved self-sufficiency in fish during the last 2017-2018 FY producing 41.34-lakh tonnes against annual demand of 40.05 lakh tonnes in the country.
During the just-ended 2018-2019 FY, the annual fish production stood at 42.79-lakh tonnes in the country where fish production continues increasing by one lakh tonnes on an average annually in recent years.
The chief guest called for ensuring best utilisation of all water bodies and transferring latest technologies to farmers to enhance fish production for meeting nutrition of the population to build a healthier nation and attain the SDGs.
BSS  from  Gaibandha reports: The National Fisheries Week is being celebrated from July 17 in the district as elsewhere in the country with the slogan 'Machh Chashe Garbo Desh, Bangabandhur Bangladesh'.
Marking the week, district administration and department of fisheries chalked out the elaborate programmes that would continue till July 23.
On Thursday morning, a post rally discussion meeting was held at the conference room of Deputy Commissioner (DC) here with Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Alamgir Kabir Saikat in the chair.
Whip of the Jatiya Sangshad and local lawmaker Mahabub Ara Begum Gini addressed the meeting as the chief guest and additional police super Anwar Hossain, general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, district unit, Abu Bakar Siddique were present as the special guests.
Earlier, district fisheries officer Abdud Dayan made a welcome speech in the function mentioning overall scenario of the fisheries department of the district.
Whip Mahabub Ara Begum Gini in her speeches stressed the need for enhancing fish production in the open-water bodies of the country to meet the protein deficiency and changing the socio-economic condition of the fish farmers side by side with creating employment opportunities to the youths. Fish production had already been increased to a great extent through the
best use of existing natural resources in the country during the tenure of the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for taking pragmatic initiatives, she added.
Developing the fisheries resources, which have immense potential, could significantly strengthen the country's economy and make the nation self- reliant as well, she further added.
Later, whip Gini inaugurated the week in the district and formally distributed crests to four men who played significant role in developing the fisheries sector here as the chief guest.
Earlier, Mayor Advocate Shah Masud Zahangir Kabir Milon released finger lings of carp species fishes on the pond of Gaibandha Municipality in festive mood in the morning marking the week.
A large number of people including district level officials, invited guests, fish farmers, and fishermen, including journalists of print and electronic media participated in the programmes.