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Rights body terms budget not farmer-friendly

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Ten farmers’ and rights based organisations termed the proposed budget for the year of 2015-16 as businessmen friendly not farmers friendly.
The allocation for agriculture in the proposed budget for the incoming fiscal year is inadequate and suicidal for future self-sufficiency in food, they said at a press conference held at the National Press Club in the city on Monday.They also urged the government to establish a National Price Commission to ensure fair price for the agricultural products to save the local farmers.
The press conference was jointly organized by Bangladesh Krishak Federation, Bangladesh Bhumihin Samity, Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation, Labour Resource Center, Kendrio Krishok Moitri, Bangladesh Kishani Shova, Bangladesh Krishak Federation (JI) , Bangladesh Adibasi Somity, COAST Trust and EquityBD.
Moderated by Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Krishak Federation, the press conference was addressed, among others, by Subal Sarker of Bangladesh Bhumihin Somity, Jayed Iqbal Khan of Bangladesh Krishak Federation, Golam Sarwar of Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation, Aluaddin Shikder of Kendrio Krishok Moitri, Biswanath Sing of Bangladesh Adibasi Somity, Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara and Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of COAST Trust also spoke at the occasion.
In his address, Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said still 2.62 crore people of Bangladesh are suffering from hunger. if we cannot emphasize in achieving the real food sufficiency by promoting our agriculture, time will come when we will not be able to collect food from others even with our money, he added.
Subal Sarkar said, this budget is meant to ensure various facilities for the people who are doing business with agriculture and farmers.
This budget is not farmers’ friendly rather it will benefit the middlemen and businessmen, he added.
Jayed Iqbal Khan said, the Agriculture Minister demands that, farmers are getting just price for their products. This is in fact far from the reality.
But government does not see any problem with this. That is why ensuring just price for farmers is not in the priority list of the government for the next two years, he said.
Aminu Rasul Babul said, all sectors related with agriculture should be given special rebate. Vehicles carrying agricultural product should be allowed to use bridges and roads tool free.
Golam Sarwar said, control of seeds must be with the farmers. Government should facilitate that. If the sector is controlled by multinational companies it will suicidal for us. – News Desk

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