The government planned to set up a modern dry fish processing zone in the country’s tourist hub Cox’s Bazar aimed at introducing time-fitting dry fish processing method and ensuring supply of chemical and dust free dry fish.
“The modern dry fish processing zone and an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) at a cost of Taka 258 crore would be established on 45 acres of land at Khurushkul in Cox’s Bazar by 2021,” State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru told journalists.
Bangladesh Fish Development Corporation (BFDC) will implement the initiative under Ashrayan Project-2 of the Prime Minister’s Office aim to create employment among rehabilitated families with launching modern dry fish processing method and ensuring production of chemical free dry fish locally known as Shutki, he said.
The project will be implemented by December 30, 2021, he added. The government would also establish a modern fish landing station to collect quality raw materials and create markets for dry fish at home and abroad.
It is mentioned that the government has undertaken a special Ashrayan Project under Prime Minister’s Office at Khurushkul in Cox’s Bazar to rehabilitate families affected for expansion work of Cox’s Bazar International Airport.
Under the project, the government would construct a ice plant with having 50 tonnes capacity, fish landing and processing shade, 2,450 greenhouse based mechanical dryers, 50 semi modern mechanical dryers, two cold storages, quality control lab, fish mill and fish oil plant and machine room.
Besides, a dry fish market, multiplex building, conveyer belt (from Jetty to Landing Station), truck parking zone, packaging factory, electric substation and generator house, four toilet zones, ETP and 24 kilometer inland road network would also be constructed.