by Staff Correspondent, Dhaka;
Bangladesh has laid emphasis on more food production to tackle an imminent economic meltdown which is alarmed by the global communities over the Russian war on Ukraine.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while addressing a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council on Tuesday called upon her countrymen to go for more food production since she believes it an inevitable issue for now.
“The year 2023 will be a tough for everyone. The world may face a famine if the economic recession is deepened and food production drastically fall,” Hasina told the meeting, which she joined through video conferencing from her official Gonobhaban residence.
The Prime Minister shared the views she acquired from meetings with different heads of the countries or governments during her recent visit to the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Hasina visited UK to join the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and the USA to join the United Nations General Assembly, joined by the leaders from across the globe.
Many countries are discussing the issue of recession, she said.
“So, we have to increase the food production and make arrangement of preserving food as well as process the food taking the scenario into consideration,” Hasina added.
Land in Bangladesh, home to more than 160 million population, is very fertile, and none should leave a piece of land uncultivable, she said calling upon the people to exercise maximum austerity in every sector and ensure the families to have their personal savings as per their capacity, she said.
“We should be more rational and aware of using power, energy, water, gas etc.,” she said.
Hasina said the country will has to be taken forward facing all odds, and the government will do that as long as people are with them.
The Prime Minister also urged the planning commission to undertake projects, which will only bring maximum profit to the people, and complete the projects on time.