Staff Correspondent: Noting that Bangladesh will go for industrilisation without bypassing the agriculture as the country’s development is largely depended on it, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated her stance on not allowing industries in arable lands.
“We will definitely go for industrilisation for country’s development, but not bypassing the agriculture as the development is largely depended on agriculture. Therefore, no more industries will be allowed in arable lands particularly in triple-cropped ones,” she said.
She was inaugurating the 10th national council of Bangladesh Krishak League, an associate body of the ruling Awami League (AL), at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital city.
The premier added: “We are currently setting up 100 special economic zones across the country. If anyone wants to build industry he/she will be given plot in the zones with every necessary service.”
“We are going to stop building industries here and there as we would have to save arable land for the sake of ensuring food security for the 16 crore people.
The demand for foods never ends rather increases with soaring up the population,” she opined.
The premier simultaneously 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 ply do something to this end.
In this context, she said, “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.
Spelling out her government initiatives for the development of agriculture, the premier said, “We are doing everything for the development of agriculture and thus farmers specially in the haor, char and hilly areas.
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.
Earlier, the AL chief inaugurated the national council of the Bangladesh Krihak League by releasing pigeons and balloons.
A minute’s silence was observed to show respect to the memories of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders and martyrs of different movements, including the independence movement in 1971.
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