The leaders of various farmers' organisations on Thursday demanded for special allocation in the upcoming national budget to build permanent embankments at the coastal areas of the country to save the agricultural lands.
They also demanded for a national price commission to ensure proper price of the agricultural products.
The speakers came up with the remarks at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club jointly organised by Coastal Farmers' Association, Bangladesh Fish Workers Alliance, Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation, National Women Farmers Association, Bangladesh Adibashi Samity, Haor Farmers and Fishers Alliance, Gram Labour Resource Centre, Nolchira Pani Unnayan Samity, Dighon CIG, Kendriyo Krishak Moitree, Bangladesh Farmers' Forum and COAST Trust.
Md Mujibul Haque Munir, coordinator of Bangladesh Farmers Forum, said "At least 46% of our labor resources are engaged with the agriculture sector and our food security depends on this, so at least 20% of total national budget should be allocated for the agricultural sector."
"Though the size of the national budget is increasing every year, nut the budget for agricultural sector is not growing proportionately", he said.
Saiduzzaman Khokon Chief of the Gram Unnayan Sanagstha, said in many cases funding in agricultural sector goes to wrong hands. The authorities must ensure participation of farmers in all agricultural budget or plan, he said.
Mustafa Kamal Akand of COAST Trust, said "Each year we are losing 1% of our agricultural land, about 1 million people are becoming homeless due to river erosion. We demand social allocation to build permanent embankment to save the coastal agricultural land."