Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called upon private sector entrepreneurs to help boost milk and fish production, preserve and process those to meet the local demand and export abroad.
The Prime Minister came up with the call while inaugurating the loan distribution programme 2016 at five percent to make Bangladesh self-reliant in milk production at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh auditorium in the city's Khamarbari area.
The Department of Livestock Services arranged the function with Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Md Maksudul Hasan Khan in the chair.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Mohammad Sayedul Haque, State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda and Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman were present as special guests, while Bank and Financial Institution Secretary Dr M Aslam Alam delivered the welcome address.
Wishing the success of the Tk-200 crore loan distribution programme 2016 at five percent, Sheikh Hasina said through this loan programme, the marginal farmers will be more encouraged in rearing cows and producing milk.
She said the country will be self-reliant in milk production strengthening the national economy further.
The Prime Minister underscored the need for preserving as well as processing milk to help flourish the milk-processing industries and thus diversify the milk byproducts like butter, ghee and cheese. "These have huge local market and we can also export those abroad keeping in mind nearly 80-90 lakh Bangladeshi expatriates to earn more foreign currencies."
Citing her government's bid to establish some 100 economic zones, Sheikh Hasina said agro and agro-processing industries would be given preference in those economic zones to boost the export basket apart form meeting local demands.
Not only the milk and meat, she said, the country could also enhance production of leather and leather products and thus boost the foreign currency reserve through increasing exports, according to UNB.