‘Innovative measures behind current food self-sufficiency’
Agriculture minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque Saturday said Bangladesh became self-reliance in food grains production in the last couples of years due to the innovative measures taken by the present government.
"Innovation, modernization and mechanization in agriculture sector uplifted Bangladesh as self-sufficient country in food grains production in the regime of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," he said while addressing a seminar on the impact of climate change.
The seminar titled "Climate Change: Challenges of Agriculture Sector" organized by the Bangladesh Climate Change Journalist Forum (BCJF) in city's Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB).
The minister said Bangladeshi scientists are developing different variety crops, which are able to yield successfully overcoming the adverse impacts of climate changes such as salinity, drought and other natural calamities.
Referring to the recent issue of paddy price, he said the government is trying to address the issue of paddy price but there is no scope to minimize it overnight.
"Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is very much concerned about the interest of farmers and that is why the government is sincerely working on it," said Razzaque.
Responding to a question, he said the government is working to export rice to address the issue of price but it's not easy as Bangladesh is not a rice exporting country.
PKSF Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad addressed the seminar as special guest with Engineer A K M A Hamid of IDEB in the chair.