JAMALPUR: Department of Fisheries will disburse rice among 8,000 fishermen families with a view to assisting them during the ban period of Hilsa fishing in the district this year.
District Fisheries Office sources said under the vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme the rice will be disbursed among the fishermen to assist them during the ban period of Hilsa fishing. Fishermen in Dewanganj, Islampur, Madarganj and Sarishabari upazilas will get the food assistance.
District Fisheries Officer SM Khalequzzaman said process of distribution of rice has been started. The aim of the programme is to increase Hilsa fish production by preventing fishermen from catching mother Hilsa fish during the breeding period, he added.