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Boosting food production can eradicate urban poverty
RAJSHAHI, March 20 (BSS) - Speakers at a post-rally discussion here today emphasized the need for boosting food production to ensure food security of the urban poor and extreme poor communities coupled with improving their living condition.

Terming the poor communities as most vulnerable in the
society they laid stress on collective efforts to eradicate their

Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction Programme (UPPRP)
under Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) organized the discussion at
its Green Plaza office marking the "Urban Food Production Day
2012" celebrated for the second time here.

Main thrust of the day was to stimulate optimum utilization
of urban household and community level agro-based resources for
food production, increased consumption to promote household
nutrition while "Urban Food Production, Nutrition Environment and
Economic Development" was the main theme of the day.

RCC Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, addressed the meeting as
the chief guest, called for brining all the urban poor and other
low-income group people under the agricultural income generating
activities for releasing them from the vicious cycle of poverty.

With RCC chief executive officer Ajaher Ali in the chair,
Prof Dr Monzur Hossain of Botany Department of Rajshahi
University, RCC Ward Councilors Shahidul Islam and Masuda Mollik
and District Livestock Officer Azizul Islam also spoke on the
occasion as special guests.

UPPRP Town Manager Golam Mostofa gave an overview of the
project activities, so far, achievements and on-going development
activities in his address of welcome.

UPPR promotes household and community level UFP technology
demonstrations, provides small input supports especially high
yielding variety vegetable and fruits seeds, saplings, ducklings,
chick and integrated fish farming in community ponds, mushroom
and honey production, poultry vaccination.

The scheme also provides business start-up grants to extreme
poor women for poultry, goat rearing, beef fattening & agri-
business etc.

Marking the day, various other programs like mass gatherings,
colourful rally, documentary presentations, cultural events,
urban food production competitions and demonstrations were also
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