Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged the youth to make greater efforts at boosting food and agricultural production to keep Bangladesh free from any worldwide famine and economic recession.
‘I would like to call upon our youth to take more initiatives for the production and processing of food items in their respective areas. If so, we’ll be able to fulfill the local demand and also help other famine-hit countries,’ she said.
The prime minister was addressing the inauguration of the National Youth Day-2022 and the ceremony of National Youth Award-2022 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium through a virtual platform from her official residence Ganabhaban.
She said different international organisations predicted that the worldwide famine might hit and many developed countries were also facing economic recession now.
‘To keep Bangladesh free from it (the brunt of any global famine and economic recession), every inch of our land should be cultivated. Besides, more steps should be taken to produce food items and processed food,’ said Hasina.
Noting that the youths were a powerful force in Bangladesh, she said the soil of Bangladesh was very fertile and its biggest power was manpower. ‘We need to utilise this power,’ she added.
Zakir Hossain from Noakhali Sadar (1st position), Suraiya Farhana Reshma (2nd) from Sherpur of Bogura and Billal Miah (3rd) from Araihazar of Narayanganj received the National Youth Award under the successful self-employment category, while Rita Jasmine from Barishal Sadar (1st) and Abu Russell Huda (2nd) from Birol of Dinajpur received the award under the best youth organiser category.
Besides, successful self-employed youths and youth organisers received the award under divisional quota.
On behalf of the PM, state minister for youth and sports Zahid Ahsan Russel handed over the award to the recipients. Every award winner was conferred with a crest, a certificate and a cheque of award money.
Youth and sports secretary Mesbah Uddin, and two award recipients — Zakir Hossain and Rita Jasmine — spoke on the occasion.