Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina waving at leaders and activists while attending the 10th national council of Bangladesh Krishak League at Suhrawardy Udyan on Wednesday. -PID
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that no more industries will be allowed on arable lands.The premier came up with the assertion while addressing the 10th national council of Bangladesh Kirshak League, an associate body of the ruling Awami League (AL), at the historic Suhrawardy Udyan on Wednesday.
Sheikh Hasina said, "There is no alternative to industrialization for the development of the country. But we shouldn't do so bypassing the agriculture as the development largely depends on it. For this reason, no more industries will be allowed in arable lands particularly in triple-cropped ones."
"We are setting up 100 special economic zones (SEZs) throughout the country. If anyone wants to establish industries there, he or she will be given plot. We have to protect agricultural land for feeding around 16 crore people of the country. We are now self-sufficient in food. Now we have given attention to nutrition," she further said.
The premier called upon 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 do something to this end.
"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," she said.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 addressed the program 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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