Bangladesh imported 69,778 tonnes of fish worth Tk 2.16 billion (Tk 216) crore in the last fiscal (2013-14), Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Haque told Parliament Wednesday, reports UNB.
Replying to a question from Awami League MP Sanjida Khanam, he said Bangladesh imports various species of fish from different countries, such as India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Chine and UAE, Oman, Yemen and Uruguay.
Responding to another question from Sukumar Ranjan Ghosh (AL-Munshiganj), Mr Haque said the government has a plan to reclaim rivers, canals and beels to protect the local fishes and the plan is now being implemented.
As part of reclaiming the rivers, canals and beels, the government has excavated 175.06 lakh cubic meter of soil under various projects of the ministry from 2009-10 fiscal to 2014-15 fiscal, he told lawmakers.
Answering another question from M Abdul Latif (AL Chittagong, the Fisheries and Livestock Minister said Bangladesh signed memoranda of understanding on technical assistance with India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Russia and Belarus for the development of the country’s fisheries sector.
Besides, he said, Bangladesh signed two memoranda of understanding with China and Vietnam to secure assistance for the development of the country’s fisheries sector.