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1,450 tons ilish to be exported to India for Durga Puja

  • Published at 07:56 pm September 14th, 2020
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FILE PHOTO: Ilish production jumped from 300,000 tons in 2008-09 to 500,000 tons in 2017-18. In 2019, Ilish production rose to 533,000 tons Dhaka Tribune

Although ilish exports have long been halted, Bangladesh used to allow exports of the national fish on a limited scale on Durga Puja as a goodwill gesture

Bangladesh is going to export 1,450 tons of ilish to India on the eve of Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community. 

"Around 1,500 tonnes of ilish will be exported to India as a goodwill gesture on the occasion of Durga Puja," Commerce Secretary Md Zafar Uddin said on Monday. 

He said they will allow the ilish export to India until October 10. "People might have a perception that we are sending the fish free of cost, but that is not right as we're going to export the fish". 

Durga Puja is scheduled to begin on October 22 and continue until 26. 

An official at the Commerce Ministry said they have permitted nine Bangladeshi enterprises to export 1,450 tons of ilish to India by October 10. 

Although ilish exports have long been halted, Bangladesh used to allow exports of the national fish on a limited scale on Durga Puja as a goodwill gesture. 

In 2019, the government permitted the export of 500 tons of ilish on the eve of the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community. 

On Aug 1, 2012, the government banned the export of the national fish to keep its price affordable in the local market. 

Bangladesh accounts for around 75% of the world's ilish production.