The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau :
Despite the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, the implementation progress of the annual development projects of the Ministry of Agriculture of Bangladesh till May 2021 has been 76%.
This progress is 18% higher than the national average. The national average progress till May is 58%. About 100% implementation will be possible in the remaining one month.
In addition, this rate of implementation progress is 17% higher than the same period last year. As of May last year, the ADP implementation progress rate was 59%, out of a total allocation of Tk 1,763 crore, Tk 1,042 crore was spent. However, out of the total allocation of Tk 2,322 crore in favor of 85 projects in the current fiscal year 2020-21, Tk 1,752 crore has already been spent.
The information was presented at a meeting to review the implementation progress of the Annual Development Project (ADP) in the conference room of the ministry at the Bangladesh Secretariat on Sunday (June 24) morning. The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Agriculture Md. Abdur Razzak MP.
Agriculture Minister. Md. Abdur Razzak MP said that this success has been achieved in the implementation of ADP by tackling the challenges of ongoing Corona epidemics and cyclones, floods, and other natural calamities. This has been possible due to the relentless work of the officers and workers of all levels under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Officers and employees at all levels are working hard like front-line fighters even at the risk of their lives.
At the same time, the Minister of Agriculture directed all to expand the salinity tolerant rice varieties in the saline lands of the southern region. He said that many saline tolerant varieties of paddy including Bridhan 67, Bridhan 97, Bridhan 99, Bina-10 have already been developed. They have to produce enough seeds and deliver them to the farmers. “Our farmland is shrinking, people are growing, food demand is increasing,” he added. Among these challenges, more new varieties and technologies need to be developed to sustain food production and productivity.
The meeting was moderated by Md. Mesbahul Islam, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture. Additional Secretary of the Ministry (Planning) said. Md. Abdur Rauf, Additional Secretary (PPC) Md. Ruhul Amin Talukder, Additional Secretary (Administration) Wahida Akter, Additional Secretary (Extension) Hasanuzzaman Kallol, Additional Secretary (Fertilizers and Materials) Md. Mahbubul Islam Director-General of the Department of Agricultural Extension MdProject managers including Asadullah and other heads of agencies were present. Prior to the ADP meeting, the Minister of Agriculture presented the Ministry of Integrity Award 2020-21. This year, the award was given to 3 people from the Ministry of Agriculture and departments/agencies. Among the heads of the departments/agencies, Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension Md. Asadullah, among the officers and employees of the Ministry, Deputy Secretary SM Imrul Hasan, and Computer Operator Abdul Baten Siraj received the award.