'Now we have surplus cereal production (rice, maize and wheat). However, in marketing and processing, this sector is yet to attain the desired development'
Agriculture Information Service (AIS) under the agriculture ministry on Thursday accorded a reception to 49 recipients of the Bangabandhu Jatiya Krishi Puroshkar (Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award).
Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque attended the reception as chief guest at the AIS conference room at Khamarbari in the city, chaired by Director Nurul Islam.
In his speech, the agriculture minister said that the long-held impression about agriculture professionals had changed to a positive perception now.
"Earlier, agriculture was treated as a profession of lower class people, but now it has become the field of elite class as educated youths are getting involved in it," said the agriculture minister.
He stated that the agriculture sector of Bangladesh witnessed an unprecedented development under the Awami League government over the last few years.
“Now we have surplus cereal production (rice, maize and wheat). However, in marketing and processing, this sector is yet to attain the desired development,” he added.
He said the amount of surplus in paddy production now was 2.10 crore tons, maize production by six lakh tons and potato production by 33 lakh tons.
He said the export growth of agriculture products this year was 34% to $800 million.
However, farmers were still deprived of fair prices for their crop because of lack of a proper marketing and processing system, said the agriculture minister.
“To ensure the fair price of farmers’ crop we have approved a project and re-arranged the organogram of Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM)”, he added.
He said DAM would extend its activities in the rural areas to let the farmers know about the international marketing process.