Speakers at a seminar on Wednesday said at least 77 lakh tones of post-harvest food worth Tk 30,000 crore is wasting in the country every year posing a high risk for ensuring food security.
They called to increase awareness to reduce food wastage, warning that the country would be the worst sufferer of food scarcity as well as food loss if food wastage problem is not addressed properly.
The speakers stressed to build up a strong social movement to improve food security and nutritional status at household level in the country.
Right to Food Bangladesh (RFB) organised the national seminar on ‘Role of the state in reducing food wastage: food right’ at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital.
RFB’s vice-chairman Khondoker Ibrahim Khaled presided over the seminar while journalist Shahanuare Shaid Shahin presented a key note paper.
Former Agriculture Secretary Anwar Faruque, former Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) Manjarul Hannan, Dhaka University Institute of Nutrition and Food Science Prof Dr Khaleda Islam and RFB general secretary Mohsin Ali spoke among others.
Mohsin Ali said the government capability to produce and reservation of foods is increasing but there is a limitation to implement the policy and agenda.
The market price is wasted food worth Tk 30,400 crore in every year which is 10 percent of total budget while 31 percent of Annual Development Programme (ADP).
The waste of the food is a threat for ensuring food and nutrition security and it is creating financial losses in the country, he said adding that formulation of a food rights act is needed to improve the situation.
Manjarul Hannan said the government showed success in various sector but it failed to do much for the development of the country’s farmers.
“We would able to save 5 percent food if we able to stop waste of food during consumption,” He said