Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the distribution program of family silos for 63 upazilas in 19 disaster-prone districts in the country with a view to preserving food grains and seeds during any disaster.
She launched the program on Sunday by opening the distribution activities of the family silos at three upazilas of Jhalakathi district via videoconferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka.
The prime minister also exchanged views with beneficiaries of the family silos in Jhalakathi.
The plastic-made family silos have been distributed under “Modern Food Storage Facilities Project” which is being implemented by the Food Ministry with an objective to increase the grain reserve available to households to meet their post-disaster needs and improve the efficiency of grain storage management.
The government has taken on a program to distribute some 500,000 family silos in 63 upazilas of the disaster-prone 19 districts under the project, involving a total cost of $240 million (Tk 2,000 crore approx). Of the cost, the World Bank finances $210 million.
The quality of food grain, including paddy and rice, and seeds will remain intact if these are preserved in air-proof silos during any cyclone, tidal surge, flood, and draught.
Each of the 70-litre capacity family silos can preserve 56kg of rice and 40kg of paddy.
People can meet their demand for food during any disaster by preserving food grains in the silo, which is made of food grade plastic. The weight of each silo is only 6kg.
The project is being implemented in the following 19 districts - Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Sirajganj, Bogura, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Brahmanbaria, Cumilla, Habiganj, Sunamganj, Kishoreganj and Netrakona.
Food Minister Md Qamrul Islam also spoke on the occasion, while Principal Secretary of PMO Md Nojibur Rahman conducted the event.
Food Secretary (In-charge) Shahabuddin Ahmed shared a video presentation of the project.