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Monday, 14 January 2008

Food Crisis

Staff Correspondent

Against the backdrop of a food crisis in the country, the interim administration on Saturday directed the divisional commissioners to strengthen monitoring at the local levels for ensuring smooth supply of power, diesel and fertiliser among the farmers.

The cabinet division at a meeting asked local administrators to provide daily reports on the food situation and supply of power, diesel and fertiliser in the current boro season.

Cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder, who chaired the meeting, told reporters that the local administrations had been asked to strengthen monitoring and ensure uninterrupted supply of power, diesel and fertiliser to the farmers to boost boro crops.

'Divisional commissioners along with all deputy commissioners have been directed to report daily on the supply of fertiliser, power and diesel and also the food situation so that the authorities could intervene promptly in case of irregularities', said official sources.

Six divisional commissioners, secretaries to the power division, the energy and mineral resources division, agriculture ministry and establishment ministry and the secretary to the chief adviser's office, among others, attended the three-hour meeting.

The monthly meeting with the divisional commissioners remained suspended for two months after the deadly cyclone Sidr struck the southern coastal districts on November 15.

'We have been asked to closely monitor the food situation and also to ensure uninterrupted supply of power, diesel and fertiliser so that the farmers could increase production in the boro season,' said a divisional commissioner while talking to this correspondent after the meeting.

The meeting, he said, observed that dependence on imported food grains would reduce if the farmers could harvest better boro crops. 'We have been instructed to take all measures to increase local production of food grains for sustainable food security.'

The divisional commissioners were informed that the government would continue its efforts to import rice and wheat for meeting the shortfall following the twin floods and the cyclone Sidr that played havoc with agriculture.

The interim government of Fakhruddin Ahmed took prompt initiatives to import 10 lakh tonnes of rice early this month to ensure adequate food supply in the market as rice prices registered a record high, increasing by Tk 5-7 a kilogram suddenly, with the then food adviser claiming at that time that the government had nothing to do about the price hike.

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