Give attention so that Bangladesh doesn’t need to beg for food: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday asked agriculturists to give special attentions so Bangladesh does not need to beg to others for food in future as the country became self-reliant in food, BSS reports.
“We want Bangladesh’s march forward to continue and we don’t want to move with begging hand,” she said while opening the 6th National Convention of the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh KIB in its auditorium in capital's Farmgate.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh by now achieved self-reliance in food but “our government and the Awami League’s policy is that we will become self-
reliant in all sectors”.
“We will not beg to anybody (in line with our policy) . . . So I would like to request the agriculturists to give special focus so that Bangladesh no more needs to beg to others for food,” she said.
The premier said the past BNP regime, on the other hand, pursued a policy to remain dependent on others and that was why they always wanted to bring food aid from abroad.
Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury was present as the special guest and the function was chaired by KIB President AMM Saleh while International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) President and CEO Scot J Angel and KIB Secretary General Md Khairul Alam Prince also spoke on the occasion.
Agriculturists Dr Mirza Abdul Jalil, Dr Abdur Razzak, Abdul Mannan and AFM Bahauddin Nasim were present on the dais.
Nasim was conferred with KIB’s “life time achievement award” for his outstanding contributions to the development of agriculture as well as other fields.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over this award to Nasim.
The prime minister said the next election is nearing and the Awami League remained in power for two consecutive terms.
“If the people give mandate to us we’ll come to power again … if they don’t give vote to us in the third term we’ll not come to power. But we don’t want the advancement that we initiated remains halted,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina also urged the agriculturists to work with utmost sincerity to materialise Bangabandhu’s dream of establishing a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla.
The premier advised the agriculturists to work for producing more food grains from limited land and focus more attention on food processing.