PM for enhanced BD-Thai cooperation in agriculture

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Dhaka, May 31: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday sought enhanced cooperation between Bangladesh and Thailand in the agricultural sector.

Sheikh Hasina came up with the view when visiting Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhom met her at her office.

At the meeting, they mainly discussed the agriculture sector, said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim at a briefing after the meeting.

The Prime Minister apprised the Thai Princess of ‘One House One Farm Project’ and micro-savings model of Bangladesh. Thailand also has a programme similar to the One House One Farm Project, the Thai Princess mentioned.

About Bangladesh’s success in the agricultural sector, Hasina said Bangladeshi scientists have developed salinity, flood and drought-tolerant crops aiming to boost food production in the country.

She informed the Thai Princess that Bangladesh has become self-sufficient in sweet water fish and is producing huge meat every year from black Bengal goat, cow and lamb.

The Prime Minister showed interest in boosting cooperation between the two countries on mango cultivation as Thailand is famous for producing the popular fruit round the year.

The Thai Princess said her country has given ‘Vetiver grass’ which are long and thick in size, to plant these in coastal areas and on river slopes to prevent erosion.

She said Thailand is importing Bangladeshi litchi which is very popular among Thai people.

PM’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Sayeeda Muna Tasneem and Thai Ambassador in Dhaka Panpimon Suwannapongse were present at the meeting.