DHAKA, Mar 10 (BSS) - Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr. Abdur Razzaque today urged the agriculture economists to play active role in strengthening agricultural marketing system to achieve self-reliance in food.
The minister was addressing the 14th National Council and Seminar of Bangladesh Agricultural Economists Association (BAEA) at Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council's auditorium.
Shawkat Momen Shahjahan MP, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on Agriculture ministry and its member Abdul Mannan MP, BRAC executive director Dr. Mahbub Hossain, Council management committee convener Mizanur Rahman and BAEA secretary general AHM Monirul Huq Nakvee, among others, spoke on the occasion. BAEA president and Planning Commission member Prof. Dr. Sattar Mandal chaired the event.
Member of the Planning Commission Prof. Shamsul Alam made a key-note presentation at the seminar "Investment in agriculture and rural Economy for food security."
Planning Minister Air vice Marshal (retd) AK Khandker sent a written speech on the occasion which was read out by the Secretary general Monirul Haq Naqvi.
Abdur Razzaque said the country has no food deficit at present, rather it has highest ever stock of 15 lakh tonnes of rice.
The minister said the agricultural economist could contribute more in the formulation of overall development plan as they have cross-cutting role for the country.
Razzaque advised the new agricultural economists to increase their social importance contributing more in country's economy.
In his presentation, Prof. Shamsul Alam stressed research for development.
"Without innovation, economy couldn't move forward. So, we should concentrate on innovation," Prof Alam said. Alam also advocated for increasing allocation for research by at least one percent in the next budged.
Apart from the inaugural seminar, eight papers were presented in the academic sessions. The outcome of the sessions will be submitted to the government.