National Seed Fair2019 begins tomorrow

DHAKA, The National Seed Fair2019 will begin in the city tomorrow.

Agriculture minister Dr Abdur Razzaque will inaugurate the threeday fair at the auditorium of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), said additional secretary and seed wing director general of the agriculture ministry Ashraf Uddin Ahmed at a press conference here today.

The fair will remain open for public from 9am to 8pm up to June 30, he said.

Ashraf Uddin Ahmed said as the 7th Five Year Plan and SDG targets, production and supply of quality seeds must be ensured for ensuring food and nutrition for the increasing number of population.

Supply of quality high yielding seeds will have to be increased to 7, 78,644 tonnes in achieving SDG2, he said, adding that efforts are underway to formulate a comprehensive plan to increase the production and supply of quality seeds at the national level.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages urging the public and private organizations to beef up efforts to produce and expand quality seeds of different crops by local organizations to reduce dependence on imported seeds.

In his message, President Abdul Hamid said quality seeds are essential for sustainable agricultural production. A revolution has taken place in the country's agricultural production due to the government's relentless efforts and the increasing use of quality seeds of different crops has also played an important role, he added.

I believe that the national seed fair would encourage farmers, individuals and organizations in the publicprivate sector for production and use of quality seeds, the Presided added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her message said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave the agricultural sector highest priority in rebuilding the war ravaged country and the government has been taking agriculture friendly policy and measures for modernization of the agriculture sector since 2009.

The present government has taken various steps to produce and supply quality seeds for the production of crops.

The government enacted 'Seeds Bill 2018' and all facilities were extended to the private seed sector, she said, adding that publicprivate organizations should be more active in producing quality seeds taking into consideration the climate change and overall environment of the country.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)