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Retaining self-sufficiency in food a big challenge: Razzaque

Agriculture Minister Mohammad Abdur Razzaque today said retaining self-sufficiency in food is a big challenge due to population growth, loss of cultivable land and many other reasons.

So, more advanced and productive varieties of paddy, maize and other crops are needed to sustain food self-sufficiency, the minister said.

Razzaque was addressing the inaugural session of the ‘Annual Workshop on Research Progress’ of the Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System (BURES) virtually from a programme at Mushuddi Razia College in Dhanbari of Tangail.

He also urged the teachers of the university and the BURES to conduct an effective research in tackling these challenges.

“We want to take forward the incredible success that has been achieved in agricultural development as we want to make it sustainable.”

Effective research should be done to develop improved varieties and technologies of paddy, various vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock, the minister said.

Razzaque said the government would extend all possible cooperation to the research.

“We hope that you will do research and innovate more advanced breeds and technologies of poultry, cows and goats. Steps will be taken to earn foreign exchange by exporting paddy, vegetables, fruits and other cash crops,” he said.

He further said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has brought a revolution in agriculture and has always stood by the farmers with all kinds of cooperation.

The prime minister’s goal is not only to achieve food self-sufficiency but also to improve the living standards of farmers through the development of agriculture.

“Now her dream with agriculture is that we will export vegetables, fruits, fish, meat and poultry all over the world.”

The minister said after independence, where 11 million tonnes of rice was produced, it has now increased almost four times to 38.7 million tonnes.

The government’s goal is now to make this achievement sustainable as well as ensure nutritious and safe food for all, he added.

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