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Monday, 04 February 2008

UNB, Mithapukur, Rangpur

The chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, on Saturday urged the farmers to redouble their efforts to increase production of food grains by turning single-crop farmland into two-crop land.

‘We don’t have any alternative to increasing food production cultivable land is squeezing due to urbanisation, industrialisation and infrastructure development,’ he told a meeting of representatives of cross-sections of people at the auditorium of Mthapukur upazila here.

The chief adviser assured the farmers of providing them with necessary support to increase agricultural production. In this regard, he mentioned that instructions had already been given to the departments concerned to timely supply agricultural inputs like fertilizer, diesel and irrigation to farmers to boost boro paddy production this year.

He said the Rural Electrification Board has been provided with money to buy electric transformers to help irrigation for the Boro farming. Besides, shops and markets have been ordered to close after 8:00pm to save power for irrigation, he added.

The government has set the target of procuring 28 lakh tonnes of fertilizer this year, three lakh tonnes more than previous year’s, to support increased agricultural production, he pointed out. Fertilizers will be distributed from 12,000 to 14,000 points so that farmers could get it timely.

‘Turn your one-crop land into two-crop land and two-crop into three-crop land. The government will provide all-out support to you in increasing production,’ he said. The chief adviser noted that the present government has prioritised the agriculture sector with increased allocation in ADP.

Besides, Tk 350 crore has been earmarked for agriculture research to increase the production of food grains. Explaining the reason for holding the council of advisers meeting in Rangpur, he said, ‘We want to take government to the doorstep of common people. Rangpur has been selected as it is far away from the capital Dhaka.’

He said the council meeting asked the advisers to identify the problems in the northern region and take effective measures to resolve those. From now on, the advisers will visit different districts and meet people to know their problems and find solutions. About the coming general election, the chief adviser said, ‘We are moving towards the elections to be held towards the end of this year.’

He said the Election Commission is preparing a voter list with spontaneous support of the people. The chief adviser mentioned that the council of advisers has approved an ordinance making the Election Commission independent.

‘Our aim is not only to hold an election in a free and fair manner this year but all elections in the future.’ Presided over by Rangpur deputy commissioner Khandaker Atiar Rahman, the meeting was also addressed by Moslem Uddin Pramanik for farmers, Shahana Begum for teachers, Abdul Halim for journalists, Shah Mohammad Hafizur Rahman for UP chairmen and Rangpur municipal chairman Abdur Rouf Manik.

The local representatives raised various demands, including establishment of industrial units and cold storage in the region. The chief advisor said the government would extend all cooperation if the private sector took initiative for setting up industries.

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