Bangladesh would soon overcome its ‘temporary food shortage’ caused by floods that occurred due to onrush of hilly waters from the upstream, agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury said Monday.
Speaking at a seminar hosted by agriculture ministry as part of the World Food Day celebration at Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh in the capital, Matia said that the occurrence of a series of floods this year caused ‘some shortfall’ in rice production.
She said, in recent years Bangladesh ‘reached a good situation’ with regard rice production for which it could export rice.
She said that the natural calamities together with the influx of refugees from Myanmar, brought a two- fold pressure of food shortage on Bangladesh.
Matia said that the government was confident that it would overcome both the problems, one made by neighboring Myanmar and the other a natural calamity.
Chaired by agriculture ministry’s senior secretary Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah, the seminar was also addressed by parliamentary standing committee chairman Mokbul Hossain, MP, and Abdul Mannan, MP.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Agricultural University vice chancellor Abdul Mannan Akand presented the keynote paper while Krishi Gobeshona Foundation executive chairman Wais Kabir and Bangladesh Rich Research Institute director general Bhagya Rani Banik took part in the discussions.
A three-day food fair organized as part of the World Food Day celebration was inaugurated by the agriculture minister at the Giasuddin Milky Auditorium.
A wide selection of foods were showcased at the fair’s 57 stalls.
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