Chattogram, October 19: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said Bangladesh has already surpassed many countries in development indexes.“Bangladesh has become self-sufficient in food production. It will export 2 lakh metric tons of food grains in the current fiscal meeting the domestic demand,” he said.
The minister said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of two-day 16th International Scientific Conference on “Intensification of Livestock and Fisheries for Achieving Food Safety and Nutritional Security: Challenges and Opportunities” arranged by Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) at the university auditorium.
University Grants Commission (UGC) Member Prof Mohammad Sajjad Hossain and Safety Food Authority Chairman Syeda Sarwar Jahan addressed the function as the special guests with CVASU Vice chancellor Prof Goutam Buddha Das in the chair.
Dr Hasan said the country’s population has increased a lot and farming lands have decreased. But, the country has attained self-sufficiency in food production, he added.
The minister said food safety and nutrition must be ensured to turn the country into a developed one by 2041.
Dr Hasan said earlier the country had to depend on neighboring countries to meet the demand of sacrificial animals during the Eid-ul-Azha. “Now we have sufficient livestock. It has been possible for newer researches and inventions,” he added.
He hoped that the conference participated by scientists, researchers and professionals from home and abroad will create newer areas in knowledge and research.
Appreciating different initiatives of CVASU, the minister urged the CVASU authorities to maintain quality of education.
About 300 participants, including scientists, researchers, educationists, environmentalists, professionals, NGO workers, representatives of development associates and donor agencies from home and abroad including the UK, Malaysia and India are taking part in the conference.