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Bangladesh: Hilsa production has almost doubled in ten years!

Special Correspondent || TheAgriculturist

Published: 12:51, 8 January 2021   Update: 12:52, 8 January 2021
Bangladesh: Hilsa production has almost doubled in ten years!

Hilsa production has increased in Bangladesh which is in the first place in the world in hilsa production. According to the Department of Fisheries in Bangladesh, about three lakh metric tons of hilsa was caught in 2008. In the last season that production has exceeded five lakh metric tons.

According to statistics, the production of hilsa in the country in the financial year 2007-08 was 290,000 tons. In the 2018-2019 financial year, it has increased to 5 lakh 17 thousand tons. According to the source, the production of hilsa has increased to 5 lakh 33 thousand tons by breaking that record in the financial year ending 2019-2020. In other words, in the last 11 years, the production of hilsa in the country has increased by about 64 percent.

According to a global report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in June of last year, Bangladesh ranked third in freshwater fish in 2019. It has risen to second place in the world in terms of increasing fish production. Analysts hope that fish production in the country will increase further this year.

Hilsa is currently available in 11 countries of the world. The countries are Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Bangladesh procures about 75% of the extracted hilsa. 10 years ago, hilsa could be found in the rivers of 21 Upazilas of the country. At present, hilsa is found in the rivers of 125 to 130 Upazilas. Hilsa sanctuaries are spread over an area of ‚Äč‚Äčabout 6,000 square kilometers in the country.

Hilsa researcher and fisheries scientist Chandpur Fisheries Research Institute Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Anisur Rahman said, ‘There is good fish food in the river this year. All the fish including hilsa are growing rapidly as there is plenty of food in all the water bodies. He thinks that this may have been due to the influence of Amphan including Corona. Such a pollution-free environment has been noticed after many years. He hopes that new records will be set this year by breaking all previous records in his production.'

Pollution in nature has been reduced to a large extent due to the lockdown to prevent the transmission of coronavirus. Air pollution has been reduced due to the reduction of carbon emissions due to the closure of mills; Pollution has decreased in canals, rivers, and even the sea. Its effect is somewhat but the balance has returned to nature. Aquatic animals and plants have the opportunity to grow at nature's own pace. Researchers hope that the record of hilsa production will be broken this time as the sea is free from pollution due to corona, launches in rivers are closed for 7 days and illegal fishing is under control.