Ensure Biosafety in Agriculture, Poultry sectors: Bangladesh Agriculture Minister

Agriculture minister Mohammad Abdur Razzaque on Saturday called for taking measures to ensure biosafety in agriculture and poultry industries to contain diseases.

‘Biosafety must be ensured everywhere, from the homestead to the farms,’ he said while inaugurating the three-day Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference at a city hotel, said a press release.

The agriculture minister also called for taking precautionary measures for the production, transportation, export and import of the agricultural products using modern biotechnology. He said that Bangladesh has been committed to ensure biosafety following the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity, an international agreement on biosafety.

At least 170 countries including Bangladesh signed the Cartagena Protocol, he said.

The minister said that apart from huge potentials of modern biotechnology, there were also many propaganda and risks prevailing in the world. ‘We will lag behind if we fail to protect biodiversity and human health,’ he said, adding that all technology researches should be focused on welfare of human being and biodiversity.

Razzak stressed the need for recognition of poultry industry for its important role in supplying protein for the people. ‘Biosafety plays an import role in the development of poultry industry,’ he said, adding that the main challenge in the poultry industry were the farm management and protection from some diseases.

‘If skill is achieved in the farm management, the poultry industry will more benefit,’ he said, adding that ensuring biosafety in the farms has been the main issue.

The minister said that Bangladesh has already adopted biosafety rules and has been trying to ensure biosafety and protection from diseases.

Biosafety must be ensured everywhere from homestead to farms to control spread of disease, he said.

The address of welcome was delivered by Vibha Ahuja, chief general manager of Biotech Consortium India Ltd.

Senior officials from agriculture and environment ministry were also present in the inaugural session.

 

Originally published in New Age Bangladesh. Read original article here.