Dhaka : Bangladesh is reviewing a ban on export of the much-sought-after hilsa fish to India to obviate a retaliatory ban on export of rice from India.
Foreign Secretary Touhid Hussain said the commerce and fisheries ministries are reviewing the government ban on export of hilsa to India.
Following a domestic shortage – caused partly by rivers being in spate – and a price rise in the local markets, Bangladesh recently banned hilsa exports to India, a major item in bilateral trade.
The ban is being reviewed as part of the improving bilateral relations, foreign ministry officials said as they prepared for talks with a visiting Indian Railways team to finalise details of the first-ever Dhaka-Kolkata train service scheduled to begin next month.
Hilsa is found in abundance in the estuaries of rivers in Bangladesh and is also popular in India's West Bengal state.