You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Bangladesh lifts ban on hilsa exports

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

today lifted a 2012 ban on the export of its national hilsa, whose key markets include India, to check its and tap into the growing global demand for the popular but

The country's new fisheries and livestock minister, Narayon Chandra Chanda, announced the decision here, just a day after he assumed charge.

had banned the export of hilsa on August 1, 2012 due to its low availability.

Chanda said the ban appeared "largely futile" and so "we will export hilsa in official channel to stop its smuggling".

"Our hilsa production has (also) increased and there is demand in the international market so we want to move towards exports," Chanda told journalists.

had launched a frantic campaign to protect hilsa, its most precious but dwindling aqua resource, several years ago. It had eventually imposed the ban for an indefinite period in 2012, even risking its ties with neighbouring and several oil-rich Middle Eastern nations.

Chanda said despite the ban, hilsa was being smuggled out of the country and "as a result the government is losing out in taxes (and) if we allow it will open the way for legal trade and diminish significantly".

He said the government, however, will continue its conservation campaign particularly to protect the female hilsa.

According to official statistics, hilsa makes up nearly 11 per cent of total produced in and its trade contribution to the country's gross domestic product stands at one per cent.

Bangladesh's water bodies produce nearly 75 per cent of world's hilsa yield, while the country and last year the patent office named hilsa a "geographical indication product".

Hilsa is globally reputed for its unique taste but apart from the itself, its roe or egg tastes as good as, if not better than, caviar, one of the world's most cherished dishes.

Bangladeshi people are also known for their skill to cook hilsa in more than 50 ways with mustard, curd, brinjal, green banana, baking in young plantain leaves, smoke, fry, and so on.

According to literature on resources, the roaming ground of hilsa ranges from to Gulf of through but 75 per cent of it are produced in The species is regarded the best in terms of taste.

Basically asea-water fish, hilsa makes its way up fresh water rivers travelling up to 1300-km during mating season, a feature that gives it the repute of being the most mobile species having its roaming ground both in sea and fresh water.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 18:30 IST