The government will not export hilsa abroad during this season, saidFisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim yesterday.
The national fish is now being sold at Chadpur, Bhola and Barishal to some extent, said the minister. During the peak time, its price would come down, he added.
"We have decided on principle not to export hilsa fish from Bangladesh this year," he said. This delicious fish meets the needs of nutrition of the country's people, said Minister Rezaul.
He was speaking at a programme in Barishal city's Circuit House to hand over cheques to journalists who have been victimised in various ways during the coronavirus pandemic.
"Sangbadik Kalayan Trust" organised the event supported by Barishal Sangabadik Union.
The minister said the government would undertake all necessary measures including providing financial aid, to compensate for losses caused by coronavirus in the fisheries and livestock sector.
"Our government will stand beside all small farmers and commercial entrepreneurs by providing them financial incentives, during this pandemic," he said.
When he was asked about cancellation of the Digital Security Act, Minister Rezaul Karim said, "It is uncomfortable for me if the mainstream journalists are harmed by this law."
"We want free, fair and constructive criticism without harassing anybody illogically," he said. Criticism must be constructive for development of the country, the minister further said. He, however, did not say about cancellation of the controversial law.
At the programme, as part of the prime minister's financial assistance, the minister handed over a cheque for Tk 10,000 to 200 journalists each in four districts of Barisal division.
Journalist leaders from Barishal, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur and Barguna were present on the occasion. Sheikh Mamunur Rashid, member of the executive committee of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists, among others, addressed.