PM emphasizes on keeping up Bangladesh’s progress in agriculture sector for food security
Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
 Yesterday Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked all concerned to keep up the growth, achieved in agriculture amid the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure food security alongside making efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs), reports UNB.
 The Prime Minister said this at the weekly meeting of the Executive Meeting of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) which was held virtually with her in the chair. The premier and Planning Minister MA Mannan joined the meeting from Ganobhaban through a videoconference, while other Ecnec members were connected from NEC Bhaban.
 Describing government’s assistance to the agriculture sector, Hasina said, “We’ve been providing all sorts of assistance so that our food security is not affected. It’s true that coronavirus is pushing us back a lot. Even then, we’ll have to keep up the progress in the agriculture sector so that our people don’t suffer, at least from food shortage. We’ll have to pay attention to it,” reports BSS.
 She said the government reduced fertilizers price, has been distributing quality seeds and other agricultural inputs, also provided some 2 crore agriculture cards to avail of agricultural inputs and created scope for the farmers to open a bank account at Tk 10. Now more than one crore farmers have such bank accounts.
DAP fertilizer which was Tk 90 per kg in BNP regime, her government giving it to the farmers at Tk 12 per kg.
Talking about the 2030 sustainable development agenda, the PM said, “The government will continue pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve the targets which are particularly effective for Bangladesh.The goals which are effective for Bangladesh have already been incorporated in the 8th Five Year Plan and the government has been working on achieving the goals. We’ll be able to achieve that (SDGs).”