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Mayor Atiqul: DNCC will support startup organic food farmers

  • Published at 04:09 am April 12th, 2019
Dhaka north city Mayor Atiqul Islam
Dhaka north city Mayor Atiqul Islam attends a program marking the opening of an outlet of Aaurhi at Gulshan 1 in Dhaka on Thursday Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The DNCC mayor makes the commitment while inaugurating an organic food outlet in Gulshan

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam has offered to support startup farmers who grow organic food. 

The mayor stated this while speaking to reporters, after inaugurating an outlet of Aaurhi, a power boutique by ActionAid in Gulshan 1,  on Thursday.

The mayor told the media: “The DNCC will also provide organic food farmers a comparatively- lower markup for renting shops in markets owned by the corporation. I want organic produce and food products to be easily-available to city corporation outlets, so that consumers can eat healthy.

“I want women entrepreneurs to come to our outlets, with unadulterated food, and do business. I will provide them with full support.”

Aaurhi is a shop featuring organic food products grown by marginalized people. The newly-inaugurated outlet is run by a farmers organization named Kendrio Krishok Moitree (Central Farmers’ Alliance), and supported by non-government organization ActionAid. It is a women-friendly initiative.

Women entrepreneurs are directly involved in every aspect of organic food production, including: soil preparation, fertilizer use, weeding, pest control, harvesting, seed production, and preservation for the next farming cycle. 

Guests at the inauguration event said female entrepreneurs and insufficiently present in the organic food industry of Bangladesh, because of various reasons such as unfair treatment.

Addressing the matter, Farah Kabir of Action Aid Bangladesh said: “Aaurhi will provide the much-needed opportunity to women farmers and small-level entrepreneurs to sell their products directly to consumers. 

“The main objective of this initiative is to promote participation by female entrepreneurs in the organic food market, so that they can boost their business and profit.”