Ministry Activities throughout November'2012

A two-day annual conference of the district fisheries officers (DFOs):

The government has set a target to increase the fish export to US$ 1 billion and the fish intake to 56 grams per head every day from 36 grams by 2015. With that in view, a two-day annual conference of the district fisheries officers (DFOs) began in the capital on  on 14 November.

Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Biswas inaugurated the conference as the chief guest in the auditorium of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) at Farmgate. Speaking on the occasion, the minister urged the DFOs to help the government achieve the target within the next three years by working sincerely and properly carrying out their responsibilities.
Mentioning that the contribution of the fisheries sector to the country’s total national income is 4.43 percent while to export earnings 2.73 percent, he said the country’s uplift is synonymous with fisheries development as this sector is considerably contributing to the growth of GDP by playing a key role to keep the wheel of the national economy moving.
Abdul Latif also mentioned that the development of rural economy largely depends upon fisheries sector as it creates huge employment opportunities for the unemployed youths every year. He informed that a manpower infrastructure for the sector is awaiting approval to reduce the shortage of workforce.
The conference is highlighting the projects taken by the government to set up more fish farms, hatcheries and safe sanctuaries across the country, giving identity cards to fishermen, ensuring availability of formalin-free fish etc. Syed Arif Azad, Director General of the Department of Fisheries, chaired the inaugural session.

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