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Tuesday December 19, 2017 02:03 AM

‘Country has enough foodgrains stock’

‘Country has enough foodgrains stock’
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the the medal distribution ceremony of Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1421 and 1422 Bengali year at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday, July, 2017PID

Citing official data, the premier said, there are about 1.06cr metric tonnes of foodgrains in stock in the country, including the ones in public silos and private, mills and farmers levels

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said people will not suffer from any food crisis as there is enough stock of foodgrains in the country.

“We’re hearing the footfall of another flood. Some crops have already got damaged in flashflood but we’ve enough stock and we’re importing more,” she said.

Prime Minister awards a recipient of Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1421 and 1422 Bengali year with a medal at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday, July 16, 2017 PID

Prime Minister awards a recipient of Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1421 and 1422 Bengali year with a medal at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday, July 16, 2017 PID

She made the statement while distributing the medals of Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1421 and 1422 Bengali year at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city, reports UNB.


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Citing official data, she said, there are about 1.06cr metric tonnes of foodgrains in stock in the country, including the ones in public silos and private, mills and farmers levels.

“Above all, we’re importing more foodgrains to make the stock stronger, we’re importing foods from various countries spending cash,” Hasina said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina awards a recipient of Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1421 and 1422 Bengali year with a medal at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday, July 16, 2017 PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina awards a recipient of Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1421 and 1422 Bengali year with a medal at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday, July 16, 2017 PID

The premier said the government is doing this so that the country’s people must not suffer because of flood. “We’ve already done that.”

Besides, she said, the government has reduced the import duty on food grain import from 28% to 10%.


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PM Hasina distributed ‘Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1421 and 1422 among the 64 recipients. Ten 10 individuals and organisations received gold medals. The gold medal carries Tk1 lakh and a citation each. Eighteen individuals and organisations received silver medal, which carries Tk50,000 and a citation, while 36 got bronze medal that carries Tk25,000 and a citation each.


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Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury presided over the function. Environment and ForestMinisterAnwar Hossain was present as a special guest.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury and other dignitaries pose for a photo-session with the recipients of Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1421 and 1422 Bengali year at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday, July 16, 2017 PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury and other dignitaries pose for a photo-session with the recipients of Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1421 and 1422 Bengali year at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday, July 16, 2017 PID

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