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‘Farm output must be doubled by 2030’

Published : 18 Oct 2022 03:27 PM

To face the challenges of adverse effects of climate change, food production must be increased and reach double the capacity by 2030. 

For this, the crop needs to be climate tolerant innovating new varieties, expanding modern farming methods and ensuring the use of environment friendly agricultural inputs. Apart from this, research on agricultural products processing, value chain development etc. should also be given importance. At the same time the market for export of agricultural products should be searched abroad after meeting the needs of the  country and the gap rules should be followed during the production of exportable agricultural products as per the demand.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md. ShahabUddin said these while delivering his speech as the chief guest at a seminar at Osmani Memorial Auditorium organized on the occasion of celebrating World Food Day 2022 by Ministry of Agriculture titled 'Good nutrition in good production, protected environment and advanced life: Leaving no one behind' on Monday.

The environment minister said that the country has achieved self-sufficiency in the granular ledge of adoption and implementation of agriculture and farmers-friendly policy under the efficient and strong leadership of Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the efforts of all related to agriculture.

“Now we have to pay special attention to achieving self-sufficiency in our nutrition. In this case, in the purchasing power of the market, the fair market management of food balanced distribution is as important as the nutritional awareness of all the nutrition,” said the minister.

He also said that awareness is also essential. Through government initiatives, the work of dealing with climate change risks can be taken ahead. The minister urged everyone to work hand in hand to implement a poverty-free Sonar Bangla dreamt by the Father of the Nation.

Secretary of Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Nahid Rashid and Secretary of the Food Ministry, Md. Ismail Hossain NDC spoke in the seminar as the special guest held in the chairmanship of Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Md. Saidul Islam. 

Executive Director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Doctor Lawrence Haddad, Representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Saso Martino, BARC Executive Chairman Dr Sheikh MdBakhtiyar, Director General of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute DebashishSarkar and Director General of Department of Agricultural Extension also spoke in the seminar among others.