Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin said on Wednesday under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the incumbent government is implementing various programmes for the development of the country’s rubber and rubber-based industries.
“The country's rubber industry is progressing under government’s patronage. The contribution of the rubber industry to the national economy is steadily increasing,” he said.
Chaired by Bangladesh Rubber Board Chairman Syeda Sarwar Jahan, the function was addressed, among others, by Deputy Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Habibun Nahar, Chairman of Bangladesh Forest Industry Development Corporation Md Shahidul Islam, Divisional Commissioner of Chattogram Md Ashraf Uddin, Director of Bangladesh Forest Research Institute Dr Rafiqul Haider and FBCCI Director Syed Moazzem Hossain.
Speaking as the chief guest, the environment minister said high quality rubber produced in the country is also being exported abroad, meeting the domestic demand.
Bangladesh Forest Research Institute has successfully carried out various research activities for expansion and development of rubber and rubber-based industries, he said.
“If this sector is developed, the poor people will be benefited, and it will play a role in solving the unemployment problem too,” he said.
Shahab Uddin said Bangladesh Forestry Development Corporation has created 18 rubber plantations on about 40,000 acres of land.
He said the Rubber Board is working on the formulation and implementation of plans for the development of rubber cultivation on 13,200 acres of land of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board in 12 districts of the country, including Khagrachari and Rangamati.
Shahab Uddin called upon the stakeholders related to rubber cultivation to organise and work sincerely for the development of this sector.
He also urged the rubber-based industry entrepreneurs to use domestic natural rubber instead of importing synthetic rubber.
“It will increase the volume of carbon absorption and Bangladesh will be able to contribute to reducing global warming,” the minister said.
As a result, he said, it will be possible to take support from the Global Carbon Trading and Environmental Fund to deal with climate change risks.
Later, the minister visited the fair that will continue till September 14 next.