Medical &Health

Govt mulls law to protect agricultural land: minister

DHAKA, Dec 27, 2016 (BSS) - Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain today said the government would promulgate necessary laws to protect dwindling arable land across the country.

"The country would face food crisis in the future if we could not protect agricultural land," he said this while receiving at his office a set of recommendations on protection of farmland for food security, prepared by Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB).

Hossain said demand for land for housing was increasing with population growth, downsizing the agricultural land.

"Agricultural land is decreasing to meet the constant demands for land for housing alongside industries and urbanization," he said.

An IDEB delegation led by its President AKMA Hamid and General Secretary Shamsur Rahman, handed over the recommendations on the issue.

IDEB leaders said their organisaiton prepared the draft following two years of extensive research.

The minister said housing was a "fundamental need" like food and so there is no alternative to planned housing.

"The National Housing Authority (NHA) has been working to construct planned housing . . . development of planned village only could protect the agricultural land," Hossain said.

The government, he said, planned to ensure construction of well-planned housing facilities in private property across the country to keep farm lands unaffected.

"The NHA will finance and build the facilities . . . the government will ensure all modern facilities for those planned housings in every corner of the country," the minister said.

IDEB suggested preparation of a master plan for planned housing and urbanization at rural areas and setting up of industries at non-crop lands, creation of more economic zones alongside development of a zoning map for agricultural land.

Among others, Additional Secretary of Housing and Public Works Ministry M Akhter Hossain, RAJUK member M Abdur Rahman, and officials concerned were presented on the occasion.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)