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Dr Razzaque: Bangladesh's basket now ‘full of food’

  • Published at 11:31 pm March 5th, 2021
Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque
Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque virtually addresses a review meeting on the ministry's annual development program (ADP) at the Secretariat in the capital on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Focus Bangla

Bangladesh is now self-sufficient in food under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque has said Bangladesh was once known as a country of food scarcity and famine, but now that situation is no more.

Bangladesh is now self-sufficient in food under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The prime minister has shown the world that Bangladesh is not “a bottomless basket,” the refrain used by Henry Kissinger, ex-US Secretary of State, shortly after the country’s birth, he said.

Rather, the basket of Bangladesh now is full of food. In Bangladesh no one is hungry now, there is no food scarcity, he added.

He was speaking as the chief guest at the Greater Mymensingh Society (Banasree-Aftab Nagar) gathering at Aftab Nagar in Dhaka on Friday evening.

He also said, demand for coarse rice is declining as the country has become self-sufficient in food and people's purchasing power has increased.

People don't want to eat coarse rice now.

“In many cases, they buy OMS rice and use it for other purposes including animal feed without eating it themselves,” he added.

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