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20pc allocation for agriculture demanded

Published : Wednesday, 7 June, 2017 at 12:00 AM  Count : 381

The allocation for the agriculture sector is inadequate in the proposed budget, said a group of organizations working to establish the rights of citizens and farmers.
 The remarks came at a press conference titled 'Effective budgetary allocation must be ensured for climate resilient agriculture' organized by the COAST Trust along with a group of farmers' organizations at the National Press Club on Tuesday.
Speakers at the press briefing protested the budget allocation for agriculture and demanded at least 20 per cent of budgetary allocation to ensure climate resilient sustainable agriculture and national food security.
They also said the insufficient budget allocation for agriculture reflected the government's strategic failure.
The press briefing placed some specific demands. The demands include an increase in the location for agriculture.
They also demands an increase in subsidy and necessary initiatives to ensure fair price of agriculture products through formation of national  price commission, ban on importing so-called hi-breed and GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) seeds.
The government will have to introduce agricultural education for farmers to help them gain practical knowledge about climate adaptive agriculture, the speakers said.
Presenting the key note Aminul Hoque said the government continues to reduce agriculture budget resulting in recent Haor disaster.
He demanded effective policies for fair access of marginal farmers to subsidies.
Badrul Alam said the population is increasing but the government is not able to increase food production accordingly.
He also expressed worries over the government's over emphasizing on private sector.
Zayed Iqbal Khan said farmers are not getting fair price of their products due to defective market mechanism.
Mostafa Kamal noted that every year about 10 lakh people lose their land including their houses due to river erosion.
Realizing such situation he also demanded a special allocation in the proposed national budget to protect farmers from river erosion, tidal surge and sea level rise.

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