Speakers at a seminar in the city on Tuesday urged the government to form a price commission for agro products and pass an act on food and nutrition right to ensure food security in Bangladesh and make the agriculture sector profitable.
They gave the observation that agriculture is the mainstay of Bangladesh’s economy and yet farmers do not get proper prices for their produces.
They claimed that budgetary subsidy outlay stipulated for farm sector is not adequate and a huge volume of farm products get wasted in absence of proper marketing value chain and transportation facilities.
If a price commission can be formed, the farmers will get proper price of their production. On the other hand, the proposed Right to Food Act will ensure public’s right to get balanced food for everyone in the country, they said.
Right to Food Bangladesh, an NGO, arranged the seminar today at CIRDAP Auditorium on Agriculture and Right to Food with the support of Christian Aid.
During presenting the keynote on ‘Self-dependency in Agriculture and Right to Food’, Mohsin Ali, General Secretary of the organisation mentioned at least 14 percent of total agricultural productions get wasted every year due to mismanagement of supply and marketing chain.
He said one in every four people, who are living below poverty line, does not have the security of getting balanced foods.
Speaking as chief guest Md Abdur Razzak, Chairman, Parliament Standing Committee on the Ministry of Finance, said village economy has to be promoted by empowering the farmers.
He said government is working to reduce the interest rate for farm credits and promote technologies here which will contribute in the development of agriculture.
Dr. Kazi Khalikuzzaman Ahmed, Chairman of the organisation chaired the session.