Fertiliser and seed prices will not be raised: Agriculture Minister

The prices of agricultural input products including fertiliser and seed will not be increased to continue the current production volume and ensure food security, said Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque.

"Increasing food production at any cost for sustainable food security is the current government’s policy," said the minister while addressing the opening ceremony of an international conference on Food and Nutrition Security.

The Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Network (BAEN) and India’s Participatory Rural Development Initiative Society (PRDIS) jointly organised the three-day conference.

“Thus, the government will not increase the prices of agricultural products despite the current economic situation. The government will continue subsidising the agriculture sector. We’ll do whatever it takes for sustainable agriculture production,” he said.

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“We had a bumper yield of aman paddy this year. A record amount of food grain is in stock. I can guarantee we won’t have to witness a famine,” he said.

He also stated that agricultural extension workers must investigate why new crop varieties and technology take so long to reach farmers.

Source: United News of Bangladesh