The Awami League government, through its activities, has proved that it is a farmer- friendly government, said Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury.
“We have provided the farmers with fertilisers and agricultural inputs at cheaper rates. This has resulted in increased crops production, including that of paddy. The country has become self-sufficient in food,” she said.
The agriculture minister was speaking at a discussion at Bangabandhu Avenue, in front of the AL central office, marking Krishak Hatya Dibas (farmers’ killing day) on Wednesday. Bangladesh Krishak League, the farmers’ wing of ruling AL, organised the discussion.
On this day in 1995, the then BNP-led government killed 18 farmers in a week when they demanded fertiliser from the government.
Matia, also a party presidium member, recalled the memory of the painful event of killing of farmers.
Another AL presidium member, Abdur Razzaque, called upon the farmers to continue their support to the AL government for continued progress of the country.
“The next general election slated for 2019 will be held under the incumbent government and the government will help the Election Commission (EC) in holding a free, fair and credible election,” Razzaque said.
Food Minister Qamrul Islam hoped that BNP would take part in the next general election without any pre-condition.
Krishak League general secretary Khandaker Shamsul Haque Reza, Chhabi Biswas, Khan Altaf Hossain, Abdul Latif and Ashraful Haque George, among others, took part in the discussion.
Krishak League president Motahar Hossain Molla chaired the occasion.