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BD now self-sufficient in fish, meat production

FE Report | February 12, 2018 00:00:00

Bangladesh has achieved self-sufficiency in fish and meat production since the country's independence, according to the ministry of fisheries and livestock.

The country produced 4.13 million tonnes of fish against the target of 4.50 million tonnes, while over 7.15 million tonnes of meat were produced against the target of 7.13 million tonnes in the fiscal year (FY) 2016-17.

Fisheries and livestock minister Narayan Chandra Chanda made the disclosure at a press briefing at the ministry on Sunday.

The fisheries sector contributes 3.61 per cent to the country's gross domestic product (GDP) and 24.41 per cent to the agriculture GDP.

The livestock sector contributed 3.32 per cent to the country's GDP, according to the government data.

Bangladesh ranks fifth in global fish production, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The country produced more than 9.28 million tonnes of milk in FY 2016-17, which was 2.65 million tonnes in FY 2007-08.

More than 14. 93 billion eggs were produced in the fiscal 2016-17, up from 5.65 billion in FY 2007-08.

The minister said that the fisheries and livestock departments had been working separately by using state-of-the-art technology to keep the current momentum of fish and meat production.

Acting secretary of fisheries and livestock Raisul Alam Mandal and director-general of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) Yahia Mahmud were also present at the briefing.

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