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FAO integrating programmes for food security
DHAKA, Mar 18 (BSS)- Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has integrated its programmes and projects in Bangladesh for assisting the country achieve self-sufficiency in food production and their supply.

"We've decided to integrate two programmes (regular and emergency)", FAO Director General Jose Graziano de Silva told reporters after a call on with Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith at ERD in the capital city this afternoon.

Silva arrived in Dhaka earlier on the day on a two-day visit to Bangladesh to have discussions with the government on FAO funded programmes and projects.

He said FAO has some regular and emergency programmes in Bangladesh amounting to US$ 100 million to address food requirement mainly against the backdrop of cyclone, drought and heavy raining.

He said FAO decided to integrated the regular and emergency
programmes so it could coordinate the programmes and projects effectively to make them more beneficial to people.

Referring to the discussion with Silva, Finance Minister Muhith said they had talks on achieving overall food security.

"We are self-sufficient in rice production, but overall food security includes meat, fish, milk, egg and other food grains where the country depends on external sources," the minister said.
He said the country is producing adequate maize, but the wheat production was still caped at one million tonnes per year for various reasons.

The finance minister expects that the country would make significant progress in attaining overall food security with
cooperation from FAO.
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