Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque said on Tuesday government has taken projects to increase hilsa production.
''Hilsa production will increase across the country abiding government guidelines to protect hilsa," he said at a seminar titled 'Hilsa Resource Development Management Project' held at the conference room of fish fries
development farm at Gallyamary in the city as the chief guest.
Director of Hilsa Resource Development Project Md Zia Haider Chowdhury addressed the seminar as special guest while deputy director of the project Md Mahbubur Rahman presented the keynote paper.
Mahbubur Rahman in his key note paper said contribution of Hilsa in country's GDP is over one percent and around 20 lakh people are now involved in Hilsa netting, processing and marketing.
The government has taken a plan to set up 134 Hilsa Resource Development and Management project in country's 29 districts at a cost of Taka 247 crore, he said.
Among others, deputy director of fish inspection and quality control Md Abdud Daian, former deputy director Profulla Kumar Sarkar and Fisheries Officer Joydep Paul, addressed the event.