Improvement of agri a must for dev: Minister

Staff Correspondent

25 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque has said the livelihood and income of people of the country will not increase if agriculture is not improved.

“About 70 to 80 percent people of the country lives in villages and depend on agriculture for their livelihood. No matter, how developed the country is, if the agriculture doesn’t improve, the source of livelihood and income of the people will not increase, he said.

The agriculture minister made the remarks while addressing the farewell programme of additional secretary of the ministry Arifur Rahman Apu at the ministry on Sunday.

Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque said, “The industry will not expand if the local market is not developed. As a result, foreign investors will not invest in the country. The foreign investors first consider whether they will be able to sell their products in the local market. As a result, they will show their interests only in export-oriented products.”

Besides, the minister urged the officials to perform their responsibilities sincerely to increase agricultural production and ensure nutrition and safe food.

Among others, agriculture secretary Mesbahul Islam, additional secretary (administration) Md Abdur Rauf and additional secretary (fertilizer management and input) Md Mahbubul Islam were present in the programme.