Yusuf Mollah of Tanore in Rajshahi will be honoured with the Prime Minister’s National Award on Wednesday for conserving different varieties of indigenous rice seeds over the past three decades.
The environment and forest ministry nominated the farmer from a little-known village for his contribution to the conservation of moribund varieties of local rice seeds, Environment and Forest Minister Hasan Mahmud told a press conference at the secretariat Tuesday.
The minister said Yusuf Mollah will receive the award from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the occasion of “National Afforestation Campaign” and “World Environment Day”.
The prime minister will inaugurate the day’s progammes at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. She will distribute three awards at the opening ceremony.
The awards include: “National Award for Environment”, “Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation” and “Prime Minister’s National Award for tree plantation”.
Mahmud said that a total of 27 persons and organisations, including Yusuf Mollah, will get the awards under 10 categories.
Meanwhile, the minister said the present government has enacted and amended 23 laws to protect the environment, and taken initiatives to enforce them.
“The government has changed the environment of impunity by enforcing the laws. A total of 800 factories and industries have been punished and fined during our tenure. The department of environment has already collected Tk800m, out of Tk1.1 b imposed as penalty,” he added.
He told reporters that the government will distribute a total 120 million seedlings for afforestation across the country this year.
Previously, the government distributed 100m seedlings in 2010, 110m in 2011 and 120m in 2012, which increased the forest coverage of the country to 11 percent, from 8 percent.