The roundtable discussion on farmers friendly agricultural budget held on 24 March 2015 at VIP Launch, National Press Club, Dhaka was moderated by CSRL general secretary Sharminda Nilami, while its vice-president Ziaul Haque Mukta, Oxfam programme officer Mousumi Biswas, Centre for Global Change executive director Ahsan Uddin Ahmed, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council chairman Abul Kalam Azad and agricultural researcher Pratima Paul Majumder spoke at the programme.
Experts and professionals demanded additional allocation for farmers in the next budget to compensate loses they incurred due to the ongoing political unrest.
They claimed that farmers failed to sell their products in market and they also failed to get enough agricultural inputs for the countrywide non-stop blockade and hartals sponsored by Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance.
The demand had come from a roundtable discussion titled ‘Farmer-friendly agriculture budget’ organised by the Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods at National Press Club in the capital.
Former director general of Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute Jahangir Alam suggested that the government allocate 10 per cent agricultural budget in next national budget to compensate farmers.
He also demanded rise in allocation for agricultural budget both in development and non-development sectors and continuing subsidy for agricultural development as well as food security.
CSRL convener CS Karim said that government would be bound to import foods at high price if it would stop subsidy for agricultural development.
He urged the government to create post for field level officers who would work with marginal farmers.
‘A large number of farmers are now harvesting products in wrong process in the absence of field level officer,’ he said.
The speakers also demanded a commission under the ministry of agriculture for setting prices of agricultural products.
A seminar on access to common resources of women held on 01 March 2015 at VIP Auditorium, National Press Club, Dhaka to mark the International Women Day 2015.
Ziaul Haque Mukta, Vice Chairperson of CSRL moderated the seminar where Dr. CS Karim chaired and Shirin Akhter MP were the chief guest to the seminar. Sharmind Neelormi and Farida Yeasmin also spoke in the seminar.
A number of about 80 people from different se
gment of society like farmer leader, women folks, students, and youth participated the seminar and a number of journalists assigned for covering the seminar.
A set of demand including Agricultural input card for family, increasing budget allocation, availability and easy access to common resources for women raised from the seminar.
The Ittefaq, The New Age, The Ajker Jibon, The Sokaler Khobor, The Jai Jai Din, The Alokito Bangladesh, The Sangbad, The Samakal published the news of the seminar.
A set of digital campaign materials developed and published in social media to take attention of social media campaigner on CSRL demands of each agro-iconological zone. The materials took attention of social media campaigners and the materials would be used in the future campaign.