Agriculture minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque at a programme on Sunday said that agriculture had become the occupation of elites.
‘Agriculture had never been a respectable profession. Times have changed and now agriculture has turned into an occupation of the elites. Many talented youngsters are now engaged in farming after having completed their higher education from abroad,’ said Razzaque.
The minister came up with the remarks while addressing the 58th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation at Dilkusha in the capital.
According to the minister, the country had become self-sufficient in producing granular crops and occasionally managed to have a surplus.
‘Nobody has to face starvation and the government is working to provide nutritious and safe food for the people,’ he said.
The country needed agricultural diversification, commercialisation, mechanisation and modernisation, he added.
Agriculturist and parliament member Abdul Mannan, agriculture secretary Md Nasiruzzaman and former agriculture secretary SM Nazmul Islam also addressed the programme with BADC chairman Sayedul Islam in the chair.
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