Coronavirus Fallout

No food shortage likely: Minister

Staff Correspondent

1 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Agriculture Minister Dr Mohammad Abdur Razzaque on Tuesday said food production will not be disrupted and there will be no food shortage because of coronavirus.

The minister made the comment after joining a videoconference between deputy commissioners (DC) and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday.

He said: “Currently the general holiday has been announced. However, we have been instructed that not all officials can go home, starting from the union to upazila level. They have to stay in the workplaces, as we have to keep up the increased agricultural production.

“Our food production has been good in the last few seasons. There is no food shortage at the moment. We have enough food.  “We hope the production will be even higher in the upcoming Boro season than the previous year. We are also working to increase the production of Aush.

“We have instructed our officials not to interfere with the supply of fertilizers, seeds and irrigation in crop production. “We have also asked them to give advice to crop harvesting. Our officials from the secretariat are coordinating the issues of the local level.”

About onions, he said there was a crisis of the item but this year its production has increased.