Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called upon the country's businesspeople and exporters to maintain the high quality and standards of their products and exportable items and thus uphold the country's image and maintain their own reputation.
"I call upon all concerned to remain alert so that the image of the country is not tarnished alongside bringing personal disaster while making a bit more profit," she said adding that this should be followed in all exportable products, including fisheries, alongside marketing of local products.
The Prime Minister was addressing the inaugural session of the National Fisheries Week 2016 held at the Krishibid Institution Auditorium in the Dhaka.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammad Sayedul Hoque spoke on the occasion while Ministry Secretary Mohammad Maksudul Hasan Khan gave the address of welcome.
Sheikh Hasina also urged the businesspeople and exporters to do business maintaining the qualitative standards of their products so that they could make profits and help the country prosper. "I hope all should give special attention to it so that whatever we export, quality of those is strictly maintained."
She said laboratories have already been set up in Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna to maintain the quality and standards of the exportable items while steps have been taken to examine the exportable fisheries items to maintain their hygiene.
Earlier, the Prime Minister distributed five gold medals and 15 silver medals to 20 individuals and institutions for their outstanding contribution to fish production in the country. Each of the gold medal recipient also received a Tk 50,000 cheque while the silver medal recipient Tk 30,000.
Organized by Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, National Fisheries Week will see official celebrations across the country from 19th to 25th June.
While speaking to Daily Sun on the official campaign ‘Bring aquaculture to all water bodies’ and long-term intended goals, senior officials from the ministry on Tuesday said, agencies are planning to spread fish-farming in ‘unutilized privately owned ponds, under-utilized flood-plain, wetlands and other state-owned water bodies.’