Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the government gives immense importance to the development of agriculture as it can take Bangladesh forward.
"We’re giving a great importance to agriculture as our agro-based economy will take us forward,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this in a video message broadcast by state-run Bangladesh Television marking the founding anniversary of Bangladesh Krishak League.
She said the government is extending all-out cooperation to farmers through marketing their products and their export. “Bangladesh is an agricultural country, and agriculture is the driving force for our development.”
Sheikh Hasina also said the government has given a special attention to industrialisation alongside the development of agriculture.
She greeted the farmers on the occasion of the founding anniversary of Bangladesh Krishak League as they produce food grains working under the scorching sun, heavy rains, and after huge sweating. "We’re living on consuming the food they produce."
Hasina said the government always supported the farmers of the country. "We, especially Awami League, think it is our duty to do so," she said.
She mentioned that whenever Awami League comes to power farmers do not have to suffer.
"Because we take appropriate measurers for them."
The PM said the government has introduced a system through Krishi Bank so that the sharecroppers can avail of collateral-free loans.
She said the government has reduced the prices of fertilizer to Tk 12, which was Tk 90 during the BNP regime.
The Prime Minister said the government has given utmost importance to research to improve the crop production in Bangladesh.