The American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham) on Sunday launched inaugurated “AmCham Support for the Farmers during COVID –19 Pandemic” programme to help the marginal farmers in the current pandemic situation.
Considering the safety measures amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the launching programme was arranged online – via video conferencing, reports BSS.Agriculture Minister Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque formally inaugurated AmCham’s support for marginal farmers at Sirajganj District as the chief guest.
Professor Dr. Md. Habibe Millat, MP, joined the program as special guest. Earl R. Miller, ambassador of the United States of America to Bangladesh and Dr. Farook Ahmed, deputy commissioner (DC) of Siraganj were present as guests of honor.
The program was chaired by the AmCham President Syed Ershad Ahmed while Vice President Syed Mohammad Kamal moderated the program and briefed the participants about the project.
Besides online, the event concurrently took place in the DC office of Sirajganj where a number of farmers were present and received the grant during this difficult time.
Speaking on the occasion, the agriculture minister said like in other countries of the world, the farmers of Bangladesh are facing adverse situation due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The government has been providing stimulus packages including subsidies in the agriculture sector to face this pandemic,” he said, adding that allocation in the agriculture sector in this budget has also been increased.Razzaque said there is a need to boost the food production to face the possible food crisis due to this deadly virus.
“The Ministry of Agriculture has been working to this end relentlessly so that there is no food deficit in the country while there is also no need for importing food. Our goal is that Bangladesh can help others with the surplus food as humanitarian assistance to meet the possible global food crisis after meeting the local demand.”