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Boost food production to avert any crisis: PM

Boost food production to avert any crisis: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday reiterated her call to increase food production to save the country from any possible trouble amid the global economic recession due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia-Ukraine war, reports UNB.

“We have to increase our production and preserve those so that our country must not plunge into any danger,” she said.

The premier was speaking at the programme marking the 25th founding anniversary of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU) and inauguration of a Technology Exhibition.

The programme was held at the Begum Sufia Kamal Auditorium while the PM joined it virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

Hasina said that the world is witnessing an economic recession as an impact of coronavirus and war-related sanctions and counter-sanctions by the US-led Western block and Russia.

“As a result the prices of food items have soared beyond the purchasing capacity of all. Besides, prices of everything including power, fuel and transportation have been increased,” she said.

Talking about the preservation capacity, she said that the government has set up a number of modern silos to stock rice.

“Such godowns are urgently needed for food items being produced here,” she said.

She also said that the government is focusing on the food processing industries in the 100 economic zones that are being set up in different parts of the country by the government.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq, Education Minister  Dipu Moni, Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Md. Giashuddin Miah also spoke.

A documentary on the university was also screened at the programme.

Located at Salna, Gazipur, BSMRAU was established in 1998 as the country’s 13th state-run public university by an ordinance promulgated by the government of Bangladesh.

The prime minister also put emphasis on research on food products to ensure food security in the country.

She asked the authorities concerned along with involved persons to concentrate on producing more oil seeds in the country to reduce the dependency on others.

She said that Bangladesh imports 98 percent of the edible oil it consumes.

“But the mustard oil is the best for health. It can be upgraded through refining. We can do that,” she said.

In this connection she said that there were various types of edible oil seeds in the country.

“We must not be dependent on others. Why will we import from outside. We have to put more attention and do more research on edible oil production from various types of seeds. We have to take initiatives for that,” she said.

The PM said that to save the arable lands of the country the government is setting up 100 economic zones across the country.

She criticised those who during their regimes did not think about saving the arable lands.

She said many arable lands were destroyed through indiscriminate urbanisation, establishment of mills and factories alongside construction of houses.

“We do not want to lose our arable lands anymore. We have taken stern action regarding this,” she said.

She said that the government has put emphasis on research on jute and jute made items to make it more diversified to earn foreign exchange.

“Jute can be a very important addition to our export basket, we have to put more attention to this item,” she said.

The PM briefly described various steps of the government to improve the agricultural production and thanked the researchers for their utmost sincerity for inventing new varieties.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq, Education Minister  Dipu Moni, Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Md. Giashuddin Miah also spoke.

A documentary on the university was also screened at the programme.

Located at Salna, Gazipur, BSMRAU was established in 1998 as the country’s 13th state-run public university by an ordinance promulgated by the government of Bangladesh.