Bangladesh not to lift ban on export of hilsa fish

Dhaka:  Bangladesh today said it has no immediate plans to lift the ban imposed in 2012 on the export of hilsa to ensure a smooth supply of the silver delicacy in local markets.“How much we
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India TV News Desk March 05, 2014 20:01 IST
Dhaka:  Bangladesh today said it has no immediate plans to lift the ban imposed in 2012 on the export of hilsa to ensure a smooth supply of the silver delicacy in local markets.

“How much we get from export of hilsa fish? We do not have any immediate plan to resume hilsa export,” state-run BSS news agency quoted Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed as saying.

He said the ban on the fish, declared the National Fish of Bangladesh upon the country gaining independence in 1971, was needed to ensure supply to local markets and check its prices.

Ahmed's comments came despite continued lobbying by Indian businesses for resuming the export in view of its high demand from India particularly in West Bengal.

Bangladesh had launched a campaign to protect its most precious but dwindling aqua resource several years ago and slapped a ban on export of hilsa for an indefinite period in July 2012, straining its ties with India and oil-rich Middle Eastern countries.

 
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