Dhaka, 31 May, Abnews: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today put emphasis on boosting cooperation between Bangladesh and Thailand in agriculture sector for mutual benefits of the two countries.
The prime minister expressed the view when visiting Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhom paid a courtesy call on her at her office here this morning.
After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.
He said the prime minister and Thai princess mainly discussed the agriculture sector and laid stress on enhancing cooperation between the two countries in this sector.
The issue of raising cooperation on the food processing sector came up for discussion.
The prime minister apprised Maha Chakri Sirindhom of her government’s different programmes including “Ekti Bari Ekti Khamar” project and micro-savings scheme.
While talking about Bangladesh’s success in agriculture sector, the prime minister said the Bangladeshi scientists have innovated salinity, flood and drought-tolerant rice to increase food production.
Sheikh Hasina told the Thai princess that Bangladesh has become self-sufficient in sweet water fish and producing a huge quantity of meat every year from black Bengal goats, cows and lambs.
The prime minister showed her interest in boosting cooperation on mango cultivation as Thailand is famous for producing the popular fruit round-the-year.
The Thai princess informed the premier that her country has provided “vetiver grass” to Bangladesh through a project. The grass is tall, thick and it helps protect the soil from erosion, she said.
She said Thailand is importing Bangladesh litchi which is very popularly among the Thai people.
PM’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Sayeeda Muna Tasneem and Thai Ambassador in Dhaka Panpimon Suwannapongse were present on the occasion. - BSS