Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the countrymen to ensure maximum usage of land to produce food to maintain self-sufficiency against the backdrop of the global crisis over the Ukraine conflict.
“After two waves of Covid-19 pandemic, now the Russia-Ukraine war may expose the world to another crisis,” premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted her as saying at a meeting of PMO officials at her office.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh need to prepare itself for any such crisis, developing its own arrangement to evade any possible food crisis and “that is why no inch of land should be left uncultivated”.
“We have to produce (food) whatever we can,” she said during the meeting, which Karim said lasted for nearly three and half hours.
The premier said all citizens of the country should produce something whatever land they possessed to meet their own food demands and help the country remain self-reliant in food production.
“We all should remain alert so that the country is not faced with any hardship due to the world crisis,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina asked all concerned to disseminate her message that “no inch of land would remain uncultivated”.
The premier’s economic affairs adviser Dr Mashiur Rahman, energy affairs adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, private Industry and investment adviser Salman F Rahman, ambassador-at-large Mohammad Ziauddin, principal coordinator of SDG affairs Zuena Aziz and the press secretary, among others, also spoke at the meeting.
The premier’s principal secretary Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus conducted the meeting, while PMO’s senior secretary Md. Tofazzel Hossain Miah made a presentation on her activities in the last three years.