16 May 2022, 20:09

Govt allocates 16.752 tonnes of VGF rice for fishermen amid fishing ban

DHAKA, May 16, 2022 (BSS) - The government has allocated 16,751.56 metric tons of VGF rice for fishermen during the 65-day ban fromn May 20-July 23 on fishing in the country's maritime water. 

The allocation has been made under the government's humanitarian food aid program in the fiscal year 2021-22 for 2,99135 families in 67 upazilas under 14 districts of 14 coastal districts and Chittagong metropolis. 

Under this, each registered fisher family would be provided 40 kg of rice per month in the first phase and a total of 56 kg of rice in 42 days, said a press release.

The Ministry of Fisheries has issued a sanction order in this regard on May 12 in favor of the concerned Deputy Commissioners on May 12 (Thursday). 

Instructions have been given to complete the lifting and distribution of VGF rice among the fishermen by June 10, 2022.

Grants would be distributed in accordance with the VGF policy.

The allotted upazilas included Batiaghata, Dakop, Paikgachha, Koyra, Dumuria, Dighalia and Rupsha in Khulna district, Mongla in Bagerhat district, Morelganj Sharankhola, Asashuni and Shyamnagar in Satkhira district, Banshkhali in Chittagong district, Anwara, Mirsarai, Chakaria, Maheshkhali, Ukhia, Pekua, Kutubdia, Teknaf and Ramu.

In order to ensure proper breeding, production, conservation of marine fisheries and sustainable fishery in the marine waters, the ministry has issued a notification imposing ban on fishing for 65 days under the powers given by the Marine Fisheries Act- 2020. 

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