Dhaka to get Dutch aid | 2018-11-04

Nutrition Sufficiency

Dhaka to get Dutch aid

Staff Correspondent

4 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

The Netherlands has assured to extend knowledge and capacity building support to Bangladesh in attaining nutrition sufficiency, according to the Bangladesh mission in The Hague.

This was conveyed by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands, Marjolijn Sonnema to the visiting high-level delegation from the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock of Bangladesh.

The delegation led by the Secretary of the Ministry, Md. Raisul Alam Mondal attended a meeting at the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in The Hague on Monday.

The Dutch Secretary-General highly appreciated Bangladesh’s robust economic growth as well as sufficiency in rice and fish production.

She hoped that Bangladesh would soon attain sufficiency in animal protein production including dairy, poultry and meat sectors with appropriate innovations and sustainable farming techniques. Secretary-General also highlighted the deltaic nature of Bangladesh and the Netherlands during the meeting.

She also shared the Dutch experience of being a global front-runner in sustainable livestock sector development and offered assistance in terms of knowledge and capacity building support for the development of livestock sector of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands, Sheikh Mohammed Belal, appreciated the Netherlands for its vast reservoir of knowledge.

He requested the Netherlands to share its knowledge and innovation insights with Bangladesh through academic collaboration, advisory services and institutional capacity building for robust development of the livestock sector of Bangladesh.

Highlighting the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s special initiative ‘One House One Farm’ for poverty reduction, the Ambassador sought Dutch support to make the special initiative more robust and sustainable with knowledge support and advisory services.

He urged Dutch support so that Bangladesh could provide enough milk to every child in the country.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock highlighted challenges including land-scarcity, knowledge-gaps, technological insufficiency, etc. in the expansion of Bangladesh’s livestock sector.