Human chain formed demanding establishment of agricultural industries

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Human chain formed demanding establishment of agricultural industries

Rejaul Islam Babu, Rangpur: Rangpur District Farmers’ Struggle Parishad held a human chain and rally at Rangpur Press Club premises on Saturday afternoon to demand special allocation in the upcoming budget for setting up cold storage and agricultural industries for storing vegetables produced in Rangpur region.

Sabuj Roy, Atwar Rahman Babu, Swapan Roy, Redwan Ferdous, Mojibar Rahman and others addressed the gathering under the chairmanship of advocate Palash Kanti Nag, convener of the Parishad.

Speakers in the gathering said that the production of vegetables and other agricultural products in various areas of eight districts of Rangpur division meets the needs of forty percent of the people of the country. In Rangpur division, vegetables worth 10,000 crores of rupees are wasted every year due to lack of cold storage for storing vegetables. Which is about 30 percent of the vegetables produced.

Every year the demand of vegetables in the country is 1 crore 52 lakh tons. In eight districts of Rangpur division, as there is no cold storage facility, the farmers sell the vegetables at subsidized prices due to the fear of spoilage. By doing this, they have to count their losses.

Farmers are facing losses every year as the government increases the prices of fertilizers, diesel, pesticides and other agricultural inputs without getting fair prices for the crops. The government is reducing instead of increasing the amount of allocation and subsidy to the agriculture sector in the budget every year.

Appealing to the government to ensure the fair price of the crops produced by the farmers and to arrange loans on easy terms, the speakers said that there is no alternative to setting up agro-based industries for the purpose of economic development to create employment in the poverty-stricken Rangpur region.

Farmer leaders called on the government to reduce allocation to unproductive sectors and allocate 40 percent of the development budget to the agricultural sector. The speakers strongly demanded from the government for special allocation for construction of cold storage and agro-based industries in Rangpur region for storing vegetables including potatoes. After the rally, a protest procession went around the various streets of the city.

 

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