PM assures Haor farmers fresh loan at reduced interest

Dhaka,  Thu,  17 August 2017
Published : 18 May 2017, 17:39:33 | Updated : 18 May 2017, 19:37:54
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PM assures Haor farmers fresh loan at reduced interest

PM assures Haor farmers fresh loan at reduced interest
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Thursday said the flood-affected farmers of haor areas will get fresh farm loan to restart farming. 

Moreover, the Prime Minister announced the interest rate of the loan to be 4.5 per cent, which is almost 50 per cent less than what they are paying now. 

"The affected farmers will get fresh agricultural loan at 4.5 per cent interest rate to restart farming,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the government decided to suspend the repayment of the current agricultural loan until the next crop.

The PM also said the government will also provide support to the farmers for the diversification of their occupation.

Hasina said it while addressing a public meeting at Khaliajuri Degree College ground, prior to the distribution of relief materials among the flood-hit people, reports UNB.

The premier assured the haor residents that no one will suffer for lack of food and shelter as VGF activities will continue in the areas apart from the OMS ones.

"Now we've enough stock of food and we’ll import more food from abroad, if necessary,” she said adding that the government has make arrangements to make VGF rice available at union level at its own cost.

The premier also promised the people that the government will construct embankments as well as excavate or re-excavate rivers and canals of the haor areas.

The existing food assistance and other government cooperation for the flood- hit people of haor areas will continue, said Hasina. 

After the meeting, the PM distributed relief goods among the flood-hit farmers and other distressed people before addressing the public meeting at Khaliajuri Degree College.

Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Food Minister Quamrul Islam and local parliament member Rebeka Momin, among others, addressed the meeting. Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif and Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy were present.

 
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