Commodity prices to remain stable in Ramadan, says minister

Staff Correspondent

12 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Agriculture Minister Dr. Md. Abdur Razzaque on Thursday said commodity prices will be under control in the upcoming Ramadan.

He said this while speaking as a chief guest at an inaugural ceremony of a three-day ‘International Conference on Science and Technology’ held at the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) on Thursday.

BCSIR organized the seminar to mark the 100th birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Asked about the increasing prices of essential food items during Ramadan, the minister said, “The prices of food grains will remain under control during Ramadan. Food grains will be imported if it is required.”

“We have huge stock of food grains. Some food products are already in the process of import,” he said.

Research and innovation in all fields including agriculture, industry,         

science and technology need to be increased, he said. “In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we need to increase our capabilities in sophisticated technologies including science and technology related topics such as - artificial intelligence, robotics, drones and space technology. At the same time, researchers and scientists need to pay more attention to the challenges that exist in the industry.”

The conference will continue till March 13 under the slogan “Innovation for Tomorrow”.  Scientists and researchers from Canada, Germany, India, Sweden, China, USA, South Korea and Malaysia are taking part in it. A total of 36 sessions will be organized in 12 conferences every day. Minister of Science and Technology Architect Yafes Osman was present as the chief patron on the occasion.

Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) were the Guest of Honor at the program. Former health minister AFM Ruhul Haque was special guest and Md. Anwar Hossain, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Science Technology was present as sponsor.