Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin said that agricultural production should be doubled by 2030 to combat the food crisis and the adverse effects of climate change.
He made this remarks in the speech as the chief guest at a seminar at Osmani Memorial Auditorium on Monday afternoon.
Organized by Ministry of Agriculture, the seminar, titled ‘Good nutrition in good production, protected environment and advanced life: Leaving no one behind,’ was held on the occasion of celebrating World Food Day 2022 on Monday, according to a press release.
For this, the crops need to be climate tolerant, modern farming methods need to be expanded and the use of environmentally friendly agricultural inputs need to be ensured.
Apart from this, research on agricultural products processing, value chain development and others should also be given importance, he said.
“We need to explore the international market to find options for exporting agricultural products after meeting the needs of the country and gap rules should be followed during the production of exportable agricultural products as per the demand.”
The environment minister said that the country has achieved self-sufficiency 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, the fair market management of balanced food distribution is as important as the nutritional awareness among the people,” he said.
The minister urged everyone to work hand in hand to implement a poverty-free ‘Sonar Bangla’ dreamt by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Secretary of Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Nahid Rashid and Secretary of the Food Ministry, Md Ismail Hossain (NDC) spoke in the seminar as special guests under the chairmanship of Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Md Sayedul Islam. Executive Director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition Doctor Lawrence Haddad, Representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Saso Martinov, BARC Executive Chairman Dr Sheikh Mohammad Bakhtiar and Director General of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute Dr Debasish Sarker also spoke in the seminar among others.