Bangladesh food

No more food shortage or famine in northern Bangladesh, says Hasina

The government has taken initiatives to ensure that vegetables and other products from Rangpur division are processed and exported abroad, she said at the inaugural ceremony of the Rangpur division headquarters complex via video conference. from his official residence on Sunday.

“There should be no monga [famine-like situation] or famine in the area anymore. People shouldn’t suffer anymore,” she said.

She recalled the plight of the people of Rangpur in the past and underlined the efforts of her government to ensure the development of the region.

“People should not forget that they got all the benefits after voting for the Awami League. Food shortage or famine no longer hits the region. I believe that we have succeeded in achieving our development objective for the region.

Rangpur has become a food-surplus region, when there was a time when people were starving there, the prime minister said. Other governments have never worked for people’s welfare although their leaders are from Rangpur, she said.

Hasina highlighted the initiatives taken by his government for the improvement of the education sector in the region, mentioning the establishment of the University of Agriculture in Kurigram and the University of Aviation and Aerospace in Lalmonirhat. In addition, a training center has been set up in the village of Pairaband, the birthplace of Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain, she said.

“Medical colleges are being established in all districts of the region.

Apart from education, road and rail communications have seen improvement in Rangpur, Hasina said. “All expressways in the district are extended to four lanes, while the Dhaka-Rangpur expressway is extended to six lanes.”

The government has developed 100 economic zones across the country, the prime minister said, adding that industrial factories should be set up, but not indiscriminately.

“We have to protect the agricultural land because the land in this part is very fertile.” She said investors should consider the point.

The 10-storey Rangpur Divisional Headquarters complex was built ahead of its deadline and the cost was Tk 2.5 million below the original budget.

“Usually no one saves money on the budget but looks for more when it comes to implementing a project. I thank the authorities for saving money and I hope others will follow,” Hasina said.