Hilsha production goes up by nearly 160% in 15 yrs

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 19:26, Jun 18, 2019 | Updated : 19:58, Jun 18, 2019

This 2010 photo shows a man carrying a basket of hilsha at the central river port of Sadarghat in capital Dhaka. FILE PHOTO/Syed Zakir Hossain

Bangladesh’s hilsha production has gone up by more than two and half folds (159.76 percent) in 15 years, thanks to efforts by government, including ban on catching brood fishes and fries, the Parliament was told on Tuesday (Jun 18).
State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru said during the question-and-answer session that production stood at 517,000 tonnes in 2017-18, up from 199,000 tonne in 2002-03.
The estimated market value of the 517,000 tonne hilsha stands at Tk 200 billion, considering Tk 400 per kilogram, he added
Bangladesh has emerged as a model for hilsha management policy, which now India and Myanmar follow, claimed the minister.
The total production is expected to surpass 550,000 tonnes in five years, he added.
Responding to a query, Ashraf said that per capita consumption of milk, meat and egg have been rising since 2008-09 fiscal.
Per capital milk consumption a day stood at 158.19 millilitres in 2017-18 fiscal, up from 43.35 millilitres in 2008-09, the minister informed the House
Availability of per capita meat per day was 122 grams in 2017-18 fiscal from 20 grams in 2008-09 while for egg, it was 95 in 2017-18, up from 32 in 2008-2009.