Fisheries and Livestock Minister Narayon Chandra Chanda said on Sunday increased production of meat and fish has made Bangladesh self-sufficient in this area.
He made the remarks at a press conference at the Secretariat.
The Food Ministry and the Health Ministry have defined a guideline on National Food Production. According to this guideline, an individual should eat about 60g of fish and an adult should eat 120g of meat per day.
“Our per capita meat production is currently 121.74g, which surpluses the demand. As such, Bangladesh is self-sufficient in its meat production.”
The minister said that the fish industry now has a contribution of 3.61 percent in country’s GDP.
“Forty-six years after independence, we have become self-sufficient in fish production,” he added.
An official report from the fisheries ministry says the fish production target for 2016-17 was set at 4.05 tonnes. Fish production in 2016-17 was 4.13 million tonnes, a 53 percent increase from the fiscal year 2008-09.
In fiscal 2016-17, meat production was 7.154 million tonnes which are higher than the target of 7.135 million tonnes.
In 2016, Bangladesh got the status of the world’s fourth fish producer from inland water bodies and the fifth largest producer of farmed fish form UN Food and Agriculture Organization, said the minister.