‘Won’t sacrifice agriculture to industries’

Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Photo: Collected

Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Photo: Collected

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From Suhrawardy Udyan: Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government will not sacrifice agriculture to industrialization.

She made the assertion while speaking at the 10th national council of Krishak League, an associate organisation of the Awami League, at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital on Wednesday (Nov 6).

Laying emphasis on protection of agricultural land, the prime minister said, “We shouldn’t consider profit and loss all the time. We have to see the welfare of the people.”

Listing her government’s initiatives for the development of agriculture and farmers, she said, “We’re giving low-interest loan to sharecroppers. We give importance to farmers more than any other government did.

Sheikh Hasina said development projects are taken in such a way so that farmers benefit the most from them.

Referring to the death of 18 people in police firing in a gathering of farmers for fertilizers during BNP rule in 1995, she said no farmer need to sacrifice their lives for fertilisers during the Awami League in office.

“We’re supplying high-priced fertilisers to farmers at low prices. We’re giving huge subsidy on fertilisers,” she added.

The proceedings of the two-day Krishak League council began after the prime minister arrived at the venue at Suhrawardy Udyan around 11:10am.

The prime minister hoisted the national flag and released pigeons and balloons to inaugurate the council when the national anthem was played.

Leaders and activists of Krishak League from across the country and council delegates started to throng the conference venue since morning.

A festive mood has been created over the council as it is being held after over seven years. The last council was held on July 19, 2012.

The conferences of other associate organisations of the Awami League will follow the Krishak League council.