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Bangladesh: Dry fish gains popularity abroad by SHAMSUDDIN ILLIUS June 10,2019   |  Source: The Independent

Dry fish is one of the main delicacies of the Chittagong region. Traditional dry fish preparations are quite popular across the country. Bangladeshi dry fish is now being exported to the UK, the US, and the Middle East. The Department of Fisheries says it has adopted new and hygienic methods of drying and preserving fish, thereby contributing to its growing popularity abroad.

“If fishermen preserve dry fish by adopting the new methods and without using harmful chemicals, the taste of fish would remain intact. This is making dry fish more popular among all classes of people,” said Cox's Bazar district fisheries officer FM Khalequzzaman. “After removing fish intestines, fishermen are now mixing turmeric and pepper. It is very hygienic and keeps the quality of dry fish unchanged. Moreover, these preservatives keep insects away. We keep a close eye on the whole process to ensure that no harmful chemical is added,” he told The Independent. The devices for drying fish have already changed. Fishermen are now using solar dryers, ropes and bamboo scaffolds, he added.

Businessmen said people in Chattogram, Feni, Comilla, Brahamanbaria, Dhaka, Sylhet, Kisorganj, Sayedpur, Rangpur and Munshiganj districts were the main consumers of dry fish in the country. Rajshahi and Khulna

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