Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her call not to allow anymore industries on arable lands as farmland in Bangladesh was reducing very fast.
She said Bangladesh’s industrialization will go without bypassing the agriculture sector, on which the world’s most populous country depends on.
“Therefore, no more industries will be allowed on arable lands particularly in triple-cropped ones,” she said inaugurating the 10th national council of Bangladesh Krishak League, an associate body of the ruling Awami League (AL) party, in Dhaka.
She called in the industrialists to take the advantage of 100 economic zones that her government has earmarked to set up new industries.
“We are going to stop building industries haphazardly as we would have to save arable land to ensuring food security for the 160 million people,” she said referring to that that food demands were on the rise.
She also urged the educated people to engage themselves in agriculture leaving the mindset of being belittle in case of joining the agriculture as this sector is vital for the livelihood of a country and asked the Krishak League leaders and workers to do something to this end.
“Bangladesh is a country largely depended on agriculture and the farmers are helping us to live by producing crops. So, never belittle the works of farmers and there is nothing to hesitate to do own works.”
She said her government was doing everything possible and needed to improve the agriculture sector.
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader spoke on the occasion as the special guest.
Among others, Bangladesh Krishak League President Motahar Hossain Mollah, General Secretary Shamsul Haque Reza and vice president Sharif Ashraf Hossain, spoke on the occasion.
Joint General Secretary of Krishak League Sameer Chandra moderated the function while Sorbo Bharatiya Kishan Sabha (All India Farmers’ Council) General Secretary Atul Kumar Anjon spoke as the special guest.
Earlier, the AL chief inaugurated the national council of the Bangladesh Krihak League by releasing pigeons and balloons.