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18 October, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 October, 2018 12:22:58 AM
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The nation’s food security must be ensured

The nation’s food security must be ensured

From the government we often hear that Bangladesh has become self-reliant in food. But when natural disasters such as floods strike damaging the standing crop in a season, the vulnerability of the country’s food situation gets exposed. The country’s food ministry then virtually grapples with the situation as price of rice, the country’s staple food, goes up.

The government then has to tackle the price hike in the market through truck sale. Even now, at different places in the capital one can spot these selling points where essentials are sold at fair prices. That is why, even though Bangladesh has made tremendous progress in production of food, it cannot be said with certainty that the country has achieve food security.

When this is the present scenario, the nation still should brace itself for the impact of climate change that can increase the fragility of the food security situation. Taking this prospect in mind when agriculturists, on the occasion of World Food Security Day observed Tuesday, urged the relevant policy makers to remain ready for the future challenge through innovative and adoptive technologies to keep crop production increasing they struck the right note.

Still, as population of the country keeps increasing, the necessity of greater food production cannot be overemphasized. It becomes easier for a country that achieves reliance in food to develop in different fields.

On achieving food security, Bangladesh must primarily focus on production of grains including rice and wheat. Equal importance has to be put on increasing the production of protein sources such as beef, poultry, fish as well as pulses. A few days ago, a World Bank report surfaced in the media revealing the fact that stunted growth, as well as lack of quality education, is obstructing materialization of the fullest growth of the country’s human capital.

However, India’s ban on beef export to Bangladesh has acted as a blessing for the country as this offered opportunity for the development of our own livestock sector. If the government consistently provides help to this sector which it ought to, the high price of beef will definitely come down.

Price of broiler chicken fluctuates in the market but overall this source of protein is not beyond the reach of poor like the cultured fish varieties. Yet loan facility to the farmers of fish and chicken on easy terms can boost their production enhancing our food security. Policy makers should also pay attention to the country’s traditional sources of fish such as rivers, haor, baor, beels and ponds.   

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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