The American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh on Sunday launched its financial support programme for 1,000 marginal farmers who were affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Sirajganj.
Agriculture minister Mohammad Abdur Razzaque inaugurated the programme titled ‘Support for the farmers during COVID-19 pandemic’ at a virtual meeting.
Selected farmers and their family members in the district will get financial assistance under the programme supported by the SAJIDA Foundation, a non-government organisation.
Razzaque said that the government took all out efforts to overcome the coronavirus-induced food crisis and boost food production.
The country’s farmers, like elsewhere, were adversely hit by the outbreak, he said, adding that farmers were being provided with incentives, subsidies and other means of support.
He thanked AmCham for launching the programme, saying that it would help farmers who were also affected by the recent floods.
AmCham president Syed Ershad Ahmed presided over the programme.
He said that the main objective of the initiative was to assist the farmers in finding sustainable livelihoods and maintaining income generating activities with the financial aid.
The support will help the farmers to meet their immediate needs and create linkage with the agriculture related institutions of the government so that the farmers could receive the necessary suggestions and support, he said.
He said that the initially selected farmers would get Tk 2,600 each and the support would be extended later.
AmCham, along with the generous support of its members and in association with the SAJIDA foundation, is implementing the programme.
A number of farmers also attended the programme at an event held at the Deputy Commissioner’s Office in Sirajganj and received the grants under the programme.
Habibe Millat MP, Sirajganj deputy commissioner Faruk Ahmed, United States ambassador in Dhaka Earl R Miller and AmCham vice-president Syed Mohammad Kamal, among others, spoke at the programme.
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