Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu has said ensuring safe food for all alongside food security is now a big challenge for the government.
“Bangladesh is a role model for the South Asian countries in ensuring food security but providing safe to all alongside food security is a big challenge for us,” he told the inaugural programme of 2-day Bangladesh Food Safety Conference-2017 at a city hotel on Wednesday, reports UNB.
The Ministry of Food, Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA), Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI), Foreign Investor's Chamber of Commerce & Industries (FICCI) and Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (MCCI) jointly organised the conference, the first of its kind in the country.
The minister said the country’s agricultural land is shrinking day by day while its population is growing fast. But the country has attained food security during Awami League’s tenure, he said.
“Only having food is not enough for a healthy life.We’ve to take safe and risk-free food .Safe food means maintaining standard of food in all spheres from production level to consumers’ plates,” he said.
“In a densely-populated country like Bangladesh, it’s difficult to ensure safe food for all but our government is sincere about it from the beginning.” he added.
Addressing the conference, Food Minister Quamrul Islam said, “The government has ensured food safety for 16 crore people of the country and an institute has been formed so that safe food can be ensured. The institute has been working in coordination with 480 agencies and 18 ministreis. “
Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) Chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque presided the programme where Food secretary Md Kaikobad Hossain, FAO Bangladesh Chief Technical advisor Naoki Minamiguchi, Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) Director General Md Saiful Hasib, Foreign Investor's Chamber of Commerce & Industries (FICCI) President Rupali Chowdhury, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (MCCI) President Nihad Kabi, among others, spoke on the occasion.