The government has announced a 22-day hilsa breeding season from October 14 to November 4. During this period, catching, extracting, selling and marketing of hilsa will be stopped. During the breeding season, 10,057 metric tonnes of VGF rice has been allocated for fishermen under the government’s humanitarian food aid program.
This information has been given in a press release of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock on Friday. It has also been said that under this assistance program, the allocation has been given to 5 lakh 26 thousand 342 fisher families in 152 upazilas of 36 districts at the rate of 20 kg before the start of the main breeding season for hilsa. This season, food aid is being provided to an additional one lakh 20 thousand 263 fishing families as compared to last season.
The 36 districts allotted are Dhaka, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Rajbari, Narsingdi, Shariatpur, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Tangail, Kishoreganj, Narayanganj, Jamalpur, Chittagong, Feni, Brahmanbaria, Noakhali, Laxmipur.
According to the Protection and Conservation of Fish Rules, 1985, enacted under the Protection and Conservation of Fish Act, 1985, the main breeding season of Hilsa this year is October 14 to November 4 for a total of 22 days. The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has already issued a notification banning stockpiling, marketing, buying and selling and exchange.