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Stress on simplification of approvals for dried-fish industry

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Stress on simplification of approvals for dried-fish industry

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CHATTOGRAM: Speakers at a seminar laid emphasis on simplifying the government approval process for setting up dried fish industry, adopting supportive policies to export the item and ensuring financing facilities for it.

Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and Bangladesh Council of Science and Industrial Research (BCSIR) jointly organised the seminar on “Assistance to Safe and Healthy Dried Fish Processing Technology and Establishing Industry” at Bangabandhu Conference Hall of the World Trade Centre in the city on Saturday.     

CCCI president Mahbubul Alam was the chief guest at the seminar chaired by BCSIR chairman Professor Dr Md Aftab Ali Sheikh.

Mahbubul Alam said the technology to process popular food dried-fish processing technology invented by the BCSIR would create golden opportunities for traders. “Dried fish is a very popular food in the coastal countries of the world. Consumers’ interest in this food is decreasing day by day due to the problem in processing system in our country,” he observed.

“Bangladesh is the fourth largest freshwater fish producer in the world. The opportunities for fish breeding and fishing in Bangladesh have been greatly increased after getting vast seas in the Bay of Bengal and implementation of various government policies including ban on fishing during the breeding season,” said Mahbubul.

As a result, scope for exports has been increased. But, due to use of various chemicals the taste of fishes is being decreased causing an increase in import, he said.

On the other hand, if it is possible to keep the nutritional value and taste of dried fish intact, it will be possible to meet the local demand and export abroad, he added.

Professor Md Aftab Ali Sheikh said that the main task of BCSIR is to help develop new products through innovative technology and scientific research and to engage them in public service. “In continuation of this, energy saving dryer has been invented for the production of dried fish as many fishes got damaged due to lack of proper drying system in the rainy season,” he said.

There is a great demand for dried fish in different countries of the world and BCSIR has taken up the project to help produce nutritious chemical-free dried fish to meet the domestic demand and create opportunities for export, the BCSIR chairman added.

CCCI directors Md Ahid Siraj Chowdhury Swapan, Anjan Shekhar Das and Md Rakibur Rahma Tutul, Bangladesh Shop Owners’ Association Chattogram District president Saleh Ahmed Suleman, Junior Chamber International president Md Tipu Sultan Sikder, Masud Fish Processing and Ice Complex Limited Executive director Md Abdul Hye and Meridian Group manager Mohammad Kalim Uddin, among others, also attended the seminar.