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Govt gives priority to food safety: Minister

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Govt gives priority to food safety: Minister
Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder speaks at a workshop on Participation of Bangladesh in the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 at Tathya Bhaban in the capital on Sunday. SUN photo

Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Sunday said the government has given priority to ensuring safe and nutritious food for the people. 

The National Pathway Document has been prepared, considering Bangladesh’s food plan for the next decade, he said adding that the pathway document would be the driving force behind building a hunger-free country by achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Eighth Five-Year Plan. 

The minister made the statement while speaking at a workshop on Participation of Bangladesh in the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 at Tathya Bhaban in the capital. 

The United Nations Secretary General in collaboration with the United Nations Rome Based agencies is going to convene the Food System Summit on 23 September 2021 in New York. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will present the “National Pathway Document” at the Food System Summit 21.

Mentioning the role of media in creating public awareness about many important issues in the country, Sadhan Chandra said, “Media can play an important role in making people aware of nutritious and safe food. At the same time they can provide the right message about the pathway document to the public.”

“If we can’t create awareness among people, we will lag behind in achieving the goal,” he said adding that if we want to build a sustainable and prosperous Bangladesh, we will have to create public awareness.

Speaking as a special guest, Md Mokbul Hossain, secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, said, “Assurance of safe food is a fundamental constitutional right of the citizens. The state will ensure adequate safe food for the citizens.”

“It is challenging to ensure nutritious food for people by maintaining smooth food supply chain,” he said.

He called upon the media to play a role in educating and motivating the public on the issue.

Dr Rudaba Khondker, Country Director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Dr Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum, Secretary of the Ministry of Food, and Shahiduzzaman Faruki, Director General (Additional Secretary) of FPMU of the Ministry of Food, also spoke at the programme.