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A 22-day ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting of hilsa will come into effect from 14 October.

The ban will be effective until 4 November, said a handout from the fisheries and livestock ministry on Thursday, reports UNB.

This is the peak period when hilsa release eggs.

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Hilsa has the highest contribution to the country’s fish production, the government says. It contributes to more than 12.09 per cent to the country’s fish production.

In 2017-18, hilsa production was 517,000 lakh MT, which had an estimated value of around Tk 206.8 billion.

This year, the authorities concerned set a target to produce 550,000 MT hilsa.

Earlier, the two-month government ban on catching, selling and transporting of hilsa began on 1 March and ended in May

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