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State minister: Loan for farmers at 4% interest for non-major crop production

  • Published at 06:35 pm June 27th, 2019
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File photo of the Parliament building Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Local government minister said all slum dwellers of the capital will have access to legal and safe water supply

State Minister for Rural Development and Co-operatives Division Shawpan Bhattacharjee has said farmers will be able to take loan at 4% interest for producing non-major food grains.

He made the statement at the parliament on Thursday, reports UNB.

A project titled "Production and Marketing of Nutrition-rich and High Priced Non-major Food Grains aiming to Alleviate Poverty" will soon be implemented by Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB) as per the directive of the prime minister for providing agro-loan at single digit interest to cooperative farmers, he said while replying to a question from Awami League MP Md Israfil Alam.

“Under the project, all farmers can take loan at 4% interest for producing non-major food grains,” said the state minister.

Besides, it has been proposed to provide loan to cooperative farmers at 8% interest under a project titled "The Invincible Journey of BRDB for Enhancing Rural Production," he added.

Replying to a question from Awami League MP AKM Rahmatullah, the junior minister said the number of cooperative associations in Bangladesh is 54,202. 

There are 17,30,843 members under the associations, and the total capital of the associations is Tk177.75 crore, said the state minister.

Local Government and Rural Development Minister Md Tajul Islam said all slum dwellers in Dhaka will be brought under legal and safe water supply by December 2019 with a view to implementing the vision of "Safe Water for All" in Bangladesh.

He said this while replying to a question from ruling party MP Didarul Alam.

While replying to another question from Awami League MP Md Afzal Hossain, the minister said the present government has relentlessly been working to attain the target of 100% sanitation coverage in the country.

“Now 99% of the people are under basic sanitation coverage in Bangladesh,” said Minister Tazul Islam.