IRRI representative presents credentials to foreign minister

DHAKA, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) would continue to strengthen its cooperation with Bangladesh, especially in the areas of food security, nutrition, developing agricultural systems as well as realizing the challenges in agricultural sector for achieving inclusive agricultural development.

Representative of IRRI in Bangladesh Dr Humnath Bhandari said this after presenting his credentials to foreign minister Dr A K Abdul Momen at the foreign ministry here on Saturday, said a press release.

Bhandari also reiterated IRRI's continued support for capacity building of the researchers working in agricultural sector.

Bhandari informed that IRRI had worked closely with Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) to develop 'Sonali Rice' which is fortified with vitamin A.

Accepting the credentials, foreign minister Dr A K Abdul Momen briefed Bhandari about the actions taken by the government under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister to ensure food security in Bangladesh. He said Bangladesh has become the 4th largest producer of rice in the world attaining food selfsufficiency.

He also highlighted the socioeconomic development of Bangladesh since Independence in 1971 especially during the last decade under the present government.

Momen wished him success in discharging his responsibilities in Bangladesh and assured him of the support of the government.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)