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Bangladesh, India to work together on extracting marine resources: Rezaul

Staff Correspondent: Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim today said India will extend all possible cooperation to Bangladesh on how to jointly extract marine resources and how to import and export the extracted resources according to the needs of the two countries.

“India has expressed interest in setting up a Maritime Resource Center as the country will extend all possible cooperation to the two friendly countries on how to extract marine resources and how to import and export the extracted resources according to the needs of the two countries,” he told newsmen.

The minister was talking to reporters after Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Vikram Kumar Doraiswami made a courtesy call-on with the former at the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry at the secretariat here.

He also said India is keen to provide other assistance including the use of satellite data in the detection of fisheries at sea, provision of state-of-the-art fishing trawlers, capacity building and protection of fishermen and meteorological cooperation.

He said the Indian Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies will also work with Bangladesh to ensure that no boats or ships can fish illegally.

Expressing interest in working with Bangladesh in the dairy processing industry, including capacity building in the concerned sector, the Indian High Commissioner said there is immense potential in the dairy sector in Bangladesh.

Referring to the potential for fish exports in Bangladesh, he said there is a huge demand for Bangladeshi fish in India, especially in the state of Tripura.

He also mentioned that a partnership project will be taken up in the fisheries and livestock sector in this regard.

Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Raunak Mahmud and Additional Secretary Md Taufiqul Arif were present on the occasion.

 

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