Tk 5,000cr for fisheries, livestock sector demanded

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Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka

The Bangladesh Dairy Development Forum has demanded that the government should allocate Tk 5,000 crore in the budget for the fisheries and livestock sector in the fiscal 2020-21.

BDDF president Umme Kulsum Smrity came up with the demand while speaking at a virtual press conference on Thursday.

She said that the government should increase the budgetary allocation for fisheries and livestock sector to Tk 5,000 crore from the proposed Tk 3,193 crore in fiscal 2020-21 aiming to help the dairy sector minimise its loss amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Smrity also demanded that subsidy should be provided to the farm owners to procure cattle food and dairy farm inputs.

The BDDF arranged the press conference on ‘Reaction to National Budget 2020-21: How the Dairy Budget Looks Like’.

Reading out a keynote paper, BDDF joint general secretary KBM Saiful Islam said that Bangladesh, on average, produced about 2.5 crore litres of liquid milk per day,  with a market value of Tk 120 crore.

He said that the country’s agricultural and livestock sector had hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Farmers incurred a loss of about Tk 56,536 crore in just one month and half (from the last week of March to the first week of May last),’ Saiful said.

The dairy farmers incurred the financial loss as they were not able to sell milk during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

BDDF vice-presidents Uzma Chowdhury and Kazi Imdadul Haque and its publicity secretary Mutasim Billah also spoke at the press conference.

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