Newly invented varieties not harmful: AG Minister
Published: 08:46 PM, 6 March 2019
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque stressed on encouraging people to produce newly invented varieties in agriculture and ensuring nutritious and safe food for the people, saying that the highest importance is being given so that the newly invented variety can’t be harmful to the environment and human being.
“The highest importance is being given so that the newly invented variety can’t be harmful to the environment and human being,” the Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque came up with the remarks while addressing a policy workshop titled ‘Agricultural Transformation in Bangladesh: Evidence an Agricultural Biotechnology and Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture’ jointly organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) at a city hotel on Wednesday.
Replying to a question from a journalist, the minister said, “We should be strict against adulteration in food. Labs will be set up in each division, including a central lab in the capital to detect adulteration in food quickly
“The country has achieved self-reliance in food as the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has implemented various initiatives in the country’s agriculture sector in its last two regimes. Now ensuring nutritious and safe food for the people is the prime challenge for us,” he said.
Additional Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry and Director of Agricultural Policy Support Unit (APSU) Dr Md Abdur Rouf presided over the inaugural function while IFPRI Bangladesh Country Representative Dr Akhtar Ahmed delivered the welcome speech.
Agricultural transformation, diversification, marketing, value add and value chain are must for sustainable development of the country’s agriculture, the minister said, adding that the government has updated the time-befitting agricultural policy to this end.
Priority was given to the biotechnology research and development in the updated agricultural policy, the minister said, adding that there is no alternative to agricultural research to face multidimensional challenges for ensuring nutritious and safe food.
Mentioning that some people and institutions are criticizing the newly invented varieties by the country’s agriculture scientists, he said they are talking without showing any scientific document.
Secretary of the Agriculture Ministry Md Nasiruzzaman, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) acting Mission Director Zeinah Salahi, Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension Mir Nurul Alam and Director General of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) Dr. Abul Kalam Azad addressed the function, among others.
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