Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina has sought assistance from the International Fund of Agricultural Development to boost the production of wheat and edible oil in Bangladesh to reduce its export dependency for the two items.

The assistance was sought when IFAD president Alvaro Lario met with her at the FAO headquarters, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen told reporters after the meeting on Monday.

Hasina also asked the IFAD to help Bangladeshi small agro-enterprises in marketing their goods and help the country build an efficient food storage system.

Also on Monday the prime minister asked the World Food Programme to raise funds for Bangladesh particularly displaced Rohingyas who took shelter in Bangladesh as per capita fund for Rohingya declined to $8 from $12.

She made the call when WFP executive director Cindy Hensley McCain met with her at the FAO Headquarters on Monday.

Hasina said that Bangladesh had successfully raised food production as her government took various steps in this field.

Bangladesh was in a good position in producing not only crops but also fish and other foods, she said.

Cindy Hensley McCain is the wife of former United States presidential candidate John McCain who adopted a three-month-old Bangladeshi girl in the early 1990s.

Meanwhile, the prime minister along with other heads of government and states attended a reception hosted by director general of Food and Agriculture Organization Qu Dongyu at the FAO headquarters.



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