Bangladesh has enough stock of foodgrains: PM

Dhaka,  Tue,  25 July 2017
Published : 16 Jul 2017, 17:39:59
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Bangladesh has enough stock of foodgrains: PM

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

"There are about 10.6 million metric tonnes of foodgrains in stock in the country, including the ones in public silos and private, mills and farmers levels," the Prime Minister said, reports UNB.

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

The Prime Minister was addressing the Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1421 and 1422 distribution ceremony at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city.

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

Hasina urged the private sector to supplement the government efforts to expedite the pace of agriculture development.

The Prime Minister called upon 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.

She asked the Agriculture Ministry to remove hunger, ensure food security, develop nutrition and create a sustainable agriculture system.

Earlier, the Prime Minister distributed ‘Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1421 and 1422 among the 64 recipients.

Ten 10 individuals and organisations received gold medals. The gold medal carries Tk 1,00,000 and a citation each. Eighteen individuals and organisations received silver medal, which carries Tk 50,000 and a citation, while 36 got bronze medal that carries Tk 25,000 and a citation each.

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury presided over the function. Environment and Forest Minister Anwar Hossain was present as a special guest.
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