The directive came from a regular weekly cabinet meeting with the premier in the chair
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the authorities concerned to take special care of the Ropa Aman paddy (T-Aman) production to ensure food security.
The directive came from a regular weekly cabinet meeting with the premier in the chair.
“The prime minister, in the today’s cabinet meeting, directed us to take special care on the production of Ropa Aman paddy (T-Aman) as the seeds of Aman were destroyed due to the ongoing flood,” Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told a news briefing at the Bangladesh Secretariat in Dhaka.
The premier simultaneously has asked the authorities concerned to plant water-tolerant varieties (of paddy) comparatively on higher places as Aman seeds were destroyed.
He said the Agriculture Ministry has got a huge allocation to this end.
Anwarul also said that the prime minister directed the authorities concerned for taking preparations in advance to face any possible long-term flood as forecasted by the metrological department.
“The prime minister has made us aware especially about the flash flood in mid of the Bangla month Bhadra (at the end of August) which may prevail for a longer time,” the cabinet secretary added.
He simultaneously said the PM asked the authorities concerned to quicken the rehabilitation since the existing water level of the major rivers such as the Padma and the Jamuna have continued to decline for the last few days.
A rehabilitation program that has been taken to this end would be implemented in three phases, he informed.
The Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Ministry has been tasked for reconstructing and repairing the damaged infrastructures while the water development board for repairing the embankments damaged by the floods, he said adding that a huge allocation has been given to this end, he said.