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Bangladesh: towards self-sufficiency

Minister presents agricultural incentive card

18 February 2016, Rome - Bangladesh’s Agriculture Minister today presented FAO Director-General the country’s initiative to achieve agricultural self-sufficiency.

The ‘Agricultural Inputs Incentive Card”, a scheme based on cash subsidy support to the farmers by the government for increasing farm level production, was first introduced in the country in 2010, the Minister explained, and the card has now been distributed to more than 13 million people in Bangladesh.

“Bangladesh is a model for FAO,” Graziano da Silva said nothing the country has achieved great progress on food security with limited and overpopulated land.

FAO Director-General invited Bangladesh to join the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is estimated to strip between $10 billion and $23 billion from the global economy, and their impacts undermine the way fish stocks are managed to make it a double concern around the world.

To help tackle the problem, FAO brokered the adoption in 2009 by its Member countries an international agreement to combat these practices.

The Minister was in Rome this week to attend the international symposium "The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition", where Graziano da Silva stressed the need for "a broad portfolio of tools and approaches to eradicate hunger, fight every form of malnutrition and achieve sustainable agriculture."