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‘Govt working to ensure safe food for all’

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  • 17 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Govt working to ensure safe food for all’

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Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque on Saturday said that the government is taking various befitting initiatives relentlessly to ensure safe and nutritious food for all including producing better crops.

He also said that production activities have already been started in accordance with good agricultural practices. If the crop is produced in compliance with this, the nutritional value of the food will remain intact and the environment will not be harmed.

The minister was speaking as the chief guest at a technical session titled "Good nutrition in good production and better life in good environment" on the occasion of World Food Day 2021 at Hotel Intercontinental in Dhaka on Saturday. The event was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

Abdur Razzaque said there is no shortage of nutritious food in the country but the problem is that most people’s income limitation cannot make them to afford it.

It is necessary to improve the quality of life of a large population of rural farmers by making agriculture profitable and modern, he added.

He informed that the government is taking and implementing effective initiatives in agricultural mechanisation, commercialisation and processing.

The government has emphasised on increasing the export of agricultural products and producing high value crops, the minister added.

FAO Director General Qu Dongyu spoke through video message.

The director general said that Food Day was being celebrated amid the adverse conditions of the corona pandemic. To address this challenge, a resilient, inclusive and sustainable agricultural system must be developed to ensure food security for people worldwide.

Ministry of Agriculture Senior Secretary Mesbahul Islam presided over the ceremony. Food Secretary Mosammat Nazmanara Khanum spoke as a special guest at the ceremony.

Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council Executive Chairman Dr Sheikh Mohammad Bakhtiar, Department of Agricultural Extension Director General Md Asadullah, FAO Bangladesh Representative Robert D Simpson, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Additional Secretary Md Taufiqul Arif, Institute of Food and Nutrition Director Dr Khaleda Islam, ICDDRB Executive Director Dr Tahmeed Ahmed, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) former Vice Chancellor Sattar Mandal, among others, also spoke on the occasion.

The keynote address at the seminar was presented by the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Dr Lawrence Haddad.

According to the article, the effects of COVID-19 are leading to a significant increase in global malnutrition, poverty and food prices. Corona could lead to an additional 12 million stunted children and 13 million lean children by 2022.