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Country has enough foodgrain stock: PM

Published on: 2:30 pm - Sunday | July 16, 2017

currentnews.com.bd:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said people will not suffer from any food crisis as there is enough stock of it in the country.

“We’re hearing the footfall of another flood.Some crops have already got damaged in flashflood but we have enough stock and we’re importing more,” she said.

The Prime Minister said this while distributing medals of Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1421 and 1422 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium.

Citing official data, she said there is about 1.06 crore metric tonnes of foodgrains in stock in the country, including the ones in public silos and private, mills and farmers levels.
“Above all, we’re importing more food grains to make the stock stronger, we’re importing foods from various countries spending cash,” Hasina said.
The Prime Minister said the government is doing this so that the country’s people must not suffer because of flood. “We have already done that.”

Besides, she said, the government has reduced the import duty on food grain import from 28 percent to 10 percent.

Describing various steps taken by her government for developing the agricultural sector, Hasina urged the private sector to supplement the government efforts to expedite the pace of agriculture development.

She underscored the need for concerted efforts for packaging and preservation of farm products alongside boosting agricultural production.

She called upon suggested all to protect the marshy land and water bodies across the country.

Hasina laid emphasis on integrated efforts of all to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 of the United Nations and asked the Agriculture Ministry to remove hunger, ensure food security, develop nutrition and create a sustainable agriculture system.

She, however, mentioned that it is quite normal that people have to live on facing various types of natural calamities due to the country’s geographical location.

 

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