POST TIME: 24 January, 2019 12:51:40 AM
‘Agriculture sector to be turned into commercial to attain SDGs’
BSS, Dhaka

‘Agriculture sector to be turned into commercial to attain SDGs’

Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque said the country’s agriculture sector will be turned into a pro-people and commercial one aiming to ensure safe and nutritious food for all and attain the targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The incumbent government is putting maximum priority to agriculture to make it a pro-people and commercial one to build a hunger- and poverty-free Bangladesh,” he told a workshop at Bangladesh Agricultursl Research Council (BARC) auditorium in the capital’s Farmgate area on Tuesday.

Razzaque sought cooperation from all to ensure safe and nutritious food for all as per the pledges made in the election manifesto of Awami League. He said the gross domestic product (GDP) growth reached 7.86 percent riding on the agriculture sector while the per capita income was US$ 1,751 in fiscal 2017-18.

The agriculture minister said the government took the Vision-2021, Vision-2041 and Delta Plan 2100, giving the highest importance on agricultural development and the welfare of farmers.

He stressed the need for taking coordinated measures involving all the ministries to attain the visions and SDGs.

SDG Affairs Chief Coordinator in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Abul Kalam Azad and General Economics Division Member (senior secretary) of Planning Commission Dr Shamsul Alam presented separate keynote paper at the workshop.

National emeritus scientist Dr Kazi M Badruddoza, agriculturalist Abdul Mannan, MP, and agriculture secretary (in-charge) Md Nasiruzzaman, among others, spoke at the workshop with Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) executive chairman Dr Md Kabir Ikramul Haque in the chair.

Dr Badruddoza demanded for increasing sufficient allocation for agricultural research and relaxing age-limit for researchers for promoting innovative research in the agriculture.