Leaders of Haor Banchao Sunamganj Banchao Andolan, a civic forum in the haor belt, on Saturday demanded immediate implementation of its four-point charter of demands including providing agricultural inputs free of cost for the survival of rice growers in boro season.
The demands include providing the rice growers with agricultural inputs including fertilizer, seeds and pesticides free of costs, allot interest-free agricultural loan, payment to those who implemented crop protection embankment projects, and preparing a list of genuine growers in boro season. They made demands at a press conference held at Shaheed Muktijoddha Jagatjyoti Public Library in Sunamganj town.
The platform general secretary Bijan Sen Roy read out a statement at the programme.
He said despite harvesting bumper crops during boro season 2018 and 2019, rice grower had to incur loss as they did not get reasonable price.
‘So, the government have to come up with special incentives to encourage the genuine farmers of Sunamganj to plant paddy in the upcoming boro season,’ he said.
Apart from proving agricultural inputs free of cost, the Bijan Sen also demanded giving interest free loan among the farmers after preparing a list of genuine rice-growers
Mentioning the project implementation committees, who properly completed crops protection embankments, were yet receive the money of the last instalment even six months after completing the project, he said sincere people would be discouraged to do the job in future if the payment was not made in time.
The platform president Bazlul Mazid Chowdhury Khasru, its advisers Ramendra Kumar Dey Mintu, Chittaranjan Talukder, Murshed Alam, Yakub Bakht Bahlul and Bikash Chowdhury, joint-general secretary Saleheen Chowdhury Shubha and organising secretary AK Qudrat Pasha, among others, were present at the news conference.
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