Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim said that the government will provide all assistance to flourish the country’s dairy industry to be world standard.
“The government wants to make the country’s dairy industry world standard. Diversification of dairy products is very important and the government will provide all kinds of assistance to increase such production,” the minister said while addressing a seminar organized on the occasion of ‘World Dairy Day and Dairy Week, 2021’ at a hotel in the capital on Tuesday, said a news release.
Urging the private entrepreneurs to come forward, the minister said, “The steps taken by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government to develop the private sector is a rare example.”
“We have taken immediate steps to address the problem we face while importing animal and fish feed. We have made mobile sales arrangements for the milk producers and consumers. In this way, we have tried to keep the entire dairy sector alive amid the pandemic situation,” the minister added.
Assuring that the government would extend all kinds of cooperation in this regard the minister directed the livestock officials to take up the issue of development of the dairy industry.
Director General of the Department of Livestock Dr Sheikh Azizur Rahman presided over the function and Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Raunak Mahmud was present as the special guest.
Dr. Md. Abdul Jalil, Director General of Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute and Robert D. Simpson, Bangladesh Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations were present as distinguished guests on the occasion.
Additional Secretaries of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Shah Mohammad Imdadul Haque, Shyamal Chandra Karmakar, Subol Bose Moni and Mohammad Taufiqul Arif along with senior officials of the Ministry, current and former officials of the Department of Livestock, teachers and researchers of various universities and dairy associations also participated in the seminar.
Dr. Jahangir Alam Khan, former Director General of Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, presented the keynote address at the seminar jointly organized by the Department of Livestock and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on the occasion of World Dairy Day 2021.