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FAO to launch emergency programmes in Bangladesh: FAO DG
DHAKA, March 18 (BSS)- Visiting Director General of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Jose Graziano da Silva today said
the UN agency would launch emergency programmes in Bangladesh side by side with its regular activities.

"We are going to launch the emergency programme very soon side by side with our regular activities as Bangladesh is a disaster-prone country," he said when he called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Sangsad Bhaban Office here this evening.

Besides, he said, the UN agency would strengthen its cooperation and activities in Bangladesh to ensure the country's food security.

Deputy Press Secretary to the Prime Minister M Nazrul Islam
briefed reporters after the meeting.

The FAO director general highly appreciated the government's
measures for increasing food production to ensure food security and said his organization would utilize Bangladesh's expertise in the agriculture sector of other countries.

Silva also lauded achieving women's empowerment in Bangladesh through agriculture.

The Prime Minister sought cooperation of the FAO to increase storage capacity to ensure food production.

Terming the climate change as the biggest threat to agriculture, she said the country has developed flood, drought and salinity-tolerance crops keeping mind the climate change impact.

Sheikh Hasina said her government is going to introduce cooperative system in the rural areas to ensure fair prices of
the farmers' produces. "We have already taken initiatives to produce multi-crops instead of single crops on one piece of land to boost agriculture production," she said.

The Prime Minister also mentioned expansion of the social
safety net programmes to ensure food security in the country.

She said her government has made arrangement for direct elections for the women representatives at local government level to ensure women's empowerment.

Ambassador-At-Large M Ziauddin and PM's Deputy Press Secretary M Nazrul Islam were present at the meeting, among others.
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