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Bangladesh to send 500 tons of Ilish to India for Durga Puja

  • Published at 07:34 pm September 25th, 2019
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File photo of Ilish Dhaka Tribune

'This is only a one-time arrangement'

Bangladesh has decided to send 500 tons of Ilish to India for the upcoming Durga Puja.

“India is a friendly neighbour of Bangladesh and we have a long history of friendship since the Liberation War. As Durga puja comes near, Bangladesh has decided to send 500 tons of Ilish to India as a goodwill gesture,” Commerce Secretary Dr Jafar Uddin told Dhaka Tribune.

He also said the price of the silver fishes, which are being sent, will be determined by an agreement between the buyers and sellers.

Fishmongers in Barisal market do brisk businessthis year selling Ilish caught in the Bay of Bengal | Dhaka Tribune

“This is only a one-time arrangement,” the commerce secretary added.

Ilish production in Bangladesh has doubled in a decade, thanks to the government's efforts, including its ban on catching brood fish, and fries.

According to government data, production of the silver fish stood at 517,000 tons in 2017-18, up from 279,189 tons in 2006-07. In 2014-2015 the production was 387,211 tons.