Farmers’ Market to ensure safe vegetables

Says minister

Staff Correspondent

7 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Farmers’ Market to ensure safe vegetables

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzak visits a stall after inaugurating a safe vegetable market -- Farmers’ Market -- on the Sech Bhaban premises in the capital on Friday. —sun photo

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzak on Friday inaugurated the ‘Farmers’ Market’ on the premises of Sech Bhaban in Manik Mia Avenue in the capital.

Pesticide and chemical-free vegetables will be available at the weekly marketplace. The market will open at 7:00 am every Friday and Saturday.

 “We set up this market as a pilot project. Based on the results from this pilot phase, more markets will be set up on larger space in the city and those markets will remain open round the year,” the minister said while inaugurating the market.

“We have stated in the election manifesto that we will ensure safe and nutritious food for people.”

In a bid to fulfil the target, we set up the ‘Farmers Market’ to help ensure the availability of safe and nutritious food and vegetables, said the minister.

Abdur Razzak also said safe and pesticide-free vegetables have been produced by framers for the ‘Farmers’ Market’ under the supervision of the authorities. “The farmers used vermin compost instead of chemical for producing these vegetables. Such markets will be spread in all upazilas and districts,” he noted.

Referring to the recent price hike of vegetables, the minister said vegetable prices will come down soon as winter vegetables started to appear in the market. “There is no need to control the rice market. There is a huge stock of rice in the country,” said the minister.

Agriculture secretary Md Nasiruzzaman, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) Chairman Sayedul Islam, Director General of Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM) Mohammad Yousuf, Director General of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Dr. Abdul Muyeed, were present, among others, on the occasion.