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Govt extends deadline for hilsa export to India until Nov 5

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Published: 22:24, 26 October 2021   Update: 22:32, 26 October 2021
Govt extends deadline for hilsa export to India until Nov 5

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The government has extended the deadline to export hilsa fish to India until November 5 as there was a 22-day ban on the catch to aid the fish to spawn.

The ministry of commerce issued a circular on Tuesday to the Import and export directorate asking for necessary steps for extending the time to ship the rest of the consignments set earlier at more than 4,500 metric tonnes.

The circular signed by deputy secretary Tania Islam.

Earlier, Bangladesh gave a go-ahead to 115 business houses to ship 40 tonnes each to India as a gesture of goodwill---on behalf of Bangladesh for India--- on the occasion of Durga Puja, the largest Hindu festival of the Bangali ethnic nationals.

But, the companies could not export enough as the government imposed a routine ban on netting, selling and transportation of hilsa from October 4 to October 25.

Therefore, the commerce ministry extended the time by issuing a circular, an official said.

Hilsa, the national fish of Bangladesh and is savoured across Bangladesh and India, is primarily exported from Patharghata, Bhola, Barisal, Kalapara districts of Barisal division and from Chandpur under Chattogram division.

Exporters from different parts of the country purchase the fish from these locations before shipping them abroad.