Speakers at a high level policy workshop urged for greater support for fisheries and aquaculture sector in Bangladesh.
Addressing the workshop held in Dhaka on Sunday, the speakers discussed the growth of fisheries and aquaculture sector and stressed the importance of this sector in achieving of SDGs.
The workshop was held in connection with the dissemination of a Comprehensive Study on the Supports received by the Aquaculture Sector in Bangladesh, carried out by Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation in collaboration with Department of Fisheries and support from the Ministry of Commerce and SwissContact-Katalyst.
They said affordable fisheries products might lead to significant improvement in the nutrition, protein intake and dietary diversity, as seen in many developing countries.
To utilise the potential of the aquaculture sector, the speakers demanded for its infrastructural development, enhancing the credit facilities, and providing quality feed to small shrimp farmers.
The participants of workshop emphasised the need for increased public sector investment in the sector to mainstream it in the policy-making and budgetary process.
Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority Kazi M Aminul Islam was the chief guest on the occasion.
Among the others, Chairman of Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation Syed Mahmudul Huq, former Senior Secretary of ministries Commerce and Finance Hedayetullah Al Mamoon, General Manager of Katalyst GB Banjara, were present in the workshop.