Sufficient budget allocation for BADC ugred

Sufficient budget allocation for BADC ugred

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Speakers at a seminar on Sunday urged the government to take steps for allocating sufficient fund for BADC in the next budget in a bid to ensure farmers’ rights.
They sought the step so that the multinational corporations (MNCs) as well as local companies cannot undermine the rights of farmers.
The seminar titled, ‘Agriculture -and Farmer-Friendly Budget: Public-Private Sector in Seed Management’, was jointly organised by Bangladesh Krishok Federation, Bangladesh Vumihin Samity, Bangladesh Federation of Agri-farm labours, Labour Resource Centre, Kendrio Krishok Moitri, Bangladesh Kishani Shova and COAST Trust at the National Press Club.
Mustafa Kamal Akanda of COAST Trust moderated the seminar while AKM Jahangir Hossain MP, Akram Hossain Chowdhury of Awami League, Shamsuzzaman Dudu of BNP, Additional Secretary to the Agriculture Ministry Anwar Faruk, presenter of Agriculture programme of BTV Dewan Siraj, Ziaul Huq Muta of Oxfam-Asia and Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara Trust spoke as the panelists.
The keynote paper was presented by Mujibul Haque Munir of COAST Trust.
In his keynote presentation, Mujibul Haque Munir said the country’s whole agriculture sector is being dependent on the seed marketed by the MNCs and local private sector companies.
Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC), the public institute for agriculture who have been successfully contributing for the agricultural development since the liberation, should be capacitated more to get out of this situation, he said.
The contribution of BADC in providing seeds to the farmers, however, is decreasing day by day, he added.
Dewan Siraj said there should be budget allocation for marketing of the local agriculture production. The farmers should be involved in the national budget process, he said.
Akram Hossain Chowdhury said focus should be on the empowerment of the marginalised farmers. “Neither the budget allocation nor the local companies and MNC matters if our farmers are well empowered and equipped.”
Shamsuzzaman Dudu said once the democracy is established in the country, agriculture along with all other sectors will be developed in no time. “We had corruption of Tk 1500 billion in the last seven years. Democracy is essential to stop this.”
Observing that the main problem in the agriculture is that the farmers are not getting just prices for their crops, Anwar Faruk said: “We should develop a value chain for their crop and a well management and preservation system for the surplus production.” – UNB

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