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Food security comes first

  • Published at 06:28 pm September 9th, 2018
Editorial

We are a nation with a history of famines, and it was not all that long ago that death by starvation was common in the lean season


It is hard to think of a worthier goal than ensuring that the country has enough food to feed its population.

Kudos to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for making food security a priority, and directing agriculturalists to make sure Bangladesh does not have to beg for food in the future.

Right now, Bangladesh is fourth in the world in rice production, third in both vegetable and fish production, eighth in potato production, and seventh in mango production, and if we keep up this momentum, we could soon realize Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s dream of a hunger and poverty-free nation.

Already we are one of the most populous nations in the world, and with the Rohingya crisis at our borders, our food resources are stretched thin, but it is good to see our government’s confidence in rising to the challenge.

We are a nation with a history of famines, and it was not all that long ago that death by starvation was common in the lean season -- we look forward to putting that kind of extreme poverty behind us.

Because of a series of smart government initiatives, we have achieved unprecedented success in the production of agri-products, and the modern silos and go-downs give us an assurance that we will not run short of food grains when needed.

In the past hundred years or so, tremendous strides in food production have happened globally, enabling many rich countries to have more food than they can consume -- perhaps one day Bangladesh will also make hunger a thing of the past.