Food security in Bangladesh (OneWorld South Asia)

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Bangladesh commits to food security by 2013

Reaffirming her commitment to make Bangladesh self-sufficient in food, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for innovations to make crops adaptive to climate change. Agricultural sector in Bangladesh is expected to witness a boom in the years to come.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government is aiming to make Bangladesh fully self-sufficient in terms of the production, distribution and consumption of food by 2013.

The premier further said Bangladesh will not only attain food autarky, by scaling up production it will also be able to export food to many countries.

“Bangladesh will be self-sufficient in food once again,” said Hasina, addressing a function arranged on the occasion of distribution of “Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 2010” in the city’s Osmani Auditorium yesterday morning.

She also called on the country’s scientists to come up with new varieties of crops, which are adaptable to the changed global climate.

Hasina said flash floods, delayed and heavy rains, long-standing drought, excessive temperature and other natural hazards are taking place due to climate change.

“Now you, the scientists have to invent such crops which will protect our agriculture and farmers,” the PM said.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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