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BFRI invents techs for breeding fish species

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Staff reporter Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) has invented techniques for breeding and cultivating 14 species of freshwater fish which are on the verge of extinction. At least 54 species of freshwater fish, out of total 256, have become almost extinct in the country. The BFRI also continues its research to invent techniques for breeding more other almost-extinct species of freshwater fish. This was disclosed at a two-day workshop titled ‘Annual Research Planning Workshop-2014-15’ arranged by BFRI at LGED Bhaban in the capital. Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque attended the inaugural session as the chief guest. The two-day workshop will evaluate 57 research projects of the last year and 55 research proposals for the current year. The minister said according to the Vision-2021 of the government, the fish production will have to increase to 4.2 million tonnes by 2021 from existing 3.5 million tonnes. “To achieve the target, researchers, scientists as well as fisheries officers will have to work hard.” He further said unabated use of pesticides in agriculture has endangered the natural fishing grounds. Presenting the research findings, BFRI Director Dr Yahia Mahmud said scientists are hopeful to invent vaccines for virus contamination in cat (shing) fish within next two years.