Desk Report: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has laid importance on giving agricultural education to students in the field to allow them know about the cultivation system and sources of foods and fruits they take round the year.
The prime minister said she has already asked the education minister for inclusion of such an educative system in the curriculum which will take the students to the agriculture fields in villages during their academic session and give them some tasks on cultivation and harvesting of crops.
"From childhood they should know about the process of agricultural production," she said adding many children particularly the urban kids don't know from where their staple food and fruits they eat round the year come from.
"In many developed countries, she said, kids find supermarkets as the source of their foods and fruits. We don't want our children to be blind in such a way, and they should be taken to the agriculture fields," she said.
The prime minister said this while distributing 'Bangabandhu Jatiya Krishi Purashkar' (Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award) for Bengali year 1421 and 1422 at a function at Osmani Memorial Hall on Sunday.
The government in every Bengali year gives Bangabandhu Jatiya Krishi Purashkar', highest state recognition for contribution to the development of the country's agriculture sector.
Five gold, nine silver and 18 bronze medals in 10 categories are given to different organizations and individuals in each year for their contribution to the agriculture development and research.
The awardees received medals, cash and certificates from the prime minister.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury presided over the function while Minister for Environment and Forests Anwar Hossain Monju was present as special guest. Agriculture Secretary Moinuddin Abdullah conducted the award distribution ceremony.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the scientists can overcome many difficult hurdles if they get minimum opportunities.
The prime minister said her government has undertaken plans to set up 100 economic zones across the country where export oriented and processing industries based on local agricultural produces would be given priority. The economic zones would the hub of small, medium and large scale industries, she said.
The country has huge potentials of food processing industries as they can earn foreign exchange through export as well as fulfil the growing local demand, the prime minister said.
Sheikh Hasina said agricultural lands should be protected from urbanization and unplanned industrialization.
Urging everybody to give attention to optimum utilization of the surface water and reduce dependence on groundwater, she said people should be made aware about climate change, protection of water bodies and other natural sources of water.
The prime minister said indigenous know-how and invention based on geographical location, demand of soil and climate, are important for agricultural advancement and improvement of the economic condition of the people.
The prime minister said her government has been making stride to ensure food security through increasing production. In 2005-2006, she said, total food production of the country was 2.80 crore tonnes. In 2015, the production rose to 3.88 lakh tonnes.
The government is purchasing food from abroad as production was hampered in haor areas caused by flash flood and normal flood in the other parts of the country to check any possibility of food shortage in the country, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the country now has a stock of 1.06 crore tonnes of food. Instead, the government is purchasing food from abroad to increase the stock so that people don't suffer from any crisis.
risingbd/Dhaka/July 16, 2017/A K Azad