Published:  08:19 PM, 09 September 2019

Increased focus to be on sugar crops; bill placed

Increased focus to be on sugar crops; bill placed

Bangladesh Sugar Crop Research Institute Bill, 2019 was placed in Parliament on Monday to conduct research on other sugar crops alongside sugarcane in the country.

Agriculture Minister M Abdur razzaque placed the Bill and it was sent to the respective scrutiny committee. The committee was asked to submit its report within 30 days.

The proposed law will replace the existing Bangladesh Sugarcane Research Institute Act 1996.

The bill was placed to expand research areas, as sugar is produced not only from sugarcane but also from palm, date, Golpata and other sweet crops and trees.

Crops like palm, date, goalpata and sugar bit are now being used to produce sugar alongside sugarcane.

The proposed legislation made no major change but added a provision to nominate a representative from Bangladesh Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR).

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