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Mustard cultivation to lessen Tk 100b import burden

Published : 08 Jan 2023 10:19 PM | Updated : 09 Jan 2023 01:48 PM

The government is likely to save Tk 10,000 crore annually from importing oil in the next three years as a revolution is taking place in mustard cultivation, said Agriculture Minister DrAbdurRazzaque on Sunday.

“The government has to import 90 percent edible oil from abroad to meet the demand for edible oil. As a result, it has to spend Tk 25,000 crore in a year. In such situation, the government has taken a roadmap to reduce import dependency by producing 50 percent of the demand in the country,” he said.

Razzaque came up with the information, while talking to reporters after a views-exchange meeting with farmers at Kalaroa upazila in Satkhira district.

Honey cultivation has also been increased in the country, he added.

On the other hand, the farmers are benefitting by cultivating mustard in their Aman, Boro and barren lands, said the minister.

He also assured people of providing necessary support to ensure fair prices to the mustard growers.

Talking about BNP’s movement, Razzaque said “People have no connection with BNP’s movement and BNP cannot topple the government through movement, so there will be no difference to their movement.”

Referring to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the minister said ACC is doing its work independently and the government has no control over it. “ACC has established the rule of law by taking action against corruption. So BNP is misguiding people by saying ACC is suppression commission."

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