Agriculture Minister Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque said there were no signs of famine in the country as agricultural production had increased significantly under the Awami League government.
“I have met many people at home and abroad. I can say with certainty that there are no signs of famine in Bangladesh,” he said at the opening ceremony. of the three-day presentation organized by the Agricultural Strategy Department of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) in the capital on Thursday.
Annual potato production was just 50 lakh tonnes under the BNP regime, which has now risen to more than a crore tonne, he said.
“Around the 2018 elections, the Awami League promised to ensure safe, nutritious and healthy food for the people. It kept its promise as the production of mangoes, maize and vegetables increased in several ways,” said the minister, adding that the Awami League has always wanted to ensure agricultural trade as one of the sources of income.
The government is still striving to modernize the agricultural sector in the country and it has achieved this as day laborers are no longer available for paddy harvesting, he said.
Speaking as a special guest at the event, former IEB President and Secretary for Science and Technology Affairs of Bangladesh, Awami League Engineer Md Abdus Sabur said, “The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has started to develop the agricultural sector since he came to power in 1996. We have achieved food self-sufficiency thanks to agricultural engineers.”
Over the years, the country has established a strong position in the world in the production of fish, mangoes and vegetables. Engineers will present modern machinery to meet any future food shortages, Abdus Sabur said.
IEB President Engineer Md Nurul Huda, former Navigation Ministry Secretary Abdus Samad and IEB Vice President Engineer (HRD) Md Nuruzzaman among others were also present at the program as as special guests.