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None facing starvation in pandemic: Agriculture minister

| Updated: October 24, 2020 10:27:47

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None facing starvation in pandemic: Agriculture minister

Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque on Friday said that no one in the country is facing starvation amid the coronavirus pandemic thanks to the agriculture-friendly policy of the prime minister.

He came up with the remarks while addressing a programme at Diploma Krishibid Institution in Dhaka, reports UNB.

“The country witnessed unprecedented advancement in agriculture and food production due to the farmer and agriculture-friendly policy of the government,” he said.

Farmers are the front-row soldiers for the agricultural development of the country, he said, adding: “Diploma agriculturists are also frontline soldiers just like farmers. They have great contributions.”

He also assured of fulfilling the demands of diploma agriculturists which include post, promotion, and providing motorcycle for work.

Meanwhile, this year's flood has damaged crops on over 158,000 hectares of land, causing losses worth Tk 13.23 billion.

Approximately 2.57 hectares of paddy fields were inundated that affected 1,272,151 farmers in 37 districts, Razzaque said in August.

He also asked all officials of the ministry to be prepared for the second wave of Coronavirus outbreak that is likely to hit the country in the upcoming winter.

Earlier, a meeting on agriculture production and the stock was held at the Ganabhaban on Thursday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The meeting reviewed the country’s food production during the flood situation, particularly in the coming Aman season. It also discussed the implementation of 21 incentive packages declared by the government to face the losses due to COVID-19.


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