After a long gap of 25 days, the Bangladeshi exporters have finally agreed upon exporting fish to Tripura and the supply services have resumed on Saturday. The fish supply decision was taken following a meeting of exporters and importers of both the countries, India and Bangladesh.
Secretary to the Exporter and Importer Entrepreneur Sangh, Khokan Bhaumick told the media, "We have received huge consignments of fish including 'Rohu', 'Pabda', 'Katla'', 'Bhetki' and Prawn. The supply is adequate and there will be no crisis of fish in the local markets of Tripura."
Putting a light on the issue behind the interruption of fish supply services to the state, Bhaumick said that the supply was stopped since September 4 due to extortion of money from them by anti-socials.
He further adds, "There was a meeting of exporters and importers of Agartala and Akhaura sub-division in Bangladesh Friday and both the parties agreed to resume fish supply from Bangladesh. A seven-member exporters group of Akhaura came here and discussions were held. The problem was solved at the intervention of the Vice-president of Tripura unit of BJP Pratima Bhaumick."
He also said that that the Bangladeshi fish exporters have agreed to export fish to Tripura only on being assured by the Tripura unit BJP Vice-president Pratima Bhaumick. She also guaranteed that if any such situation occurs in future then strict actions will be taken on the anti-social.
As a good deal of Tripura residents relies on fish-eating habits, Tripura has been a huge market for the Bangladeshi fish exporters. Similarly, stoppage of fish supply to the fish markets hampered the regular fish buyers of the state as well. The joint director of the state fisheries department Abani Debbarma said about 70 per cent of the total consumption of fish was produced in the state and Bangladesh. Other than Bangladesh, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh too supply fish to the state.