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The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of Bangladesh Agricultural Good Practices Policy, 2020 in order to ensure safe and quality agricultural products by applying good practices in the entire production-to-consumption chain.

The approval came from the Cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. She joined the meeting virtually from Ganobhaban.

“The policy has been introduced to exercise good practices in all stages including breeding, collection, preservation, marketing and consumption,” Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told reporters after the meeting.

The major objectives of the policy include ensuring sustainable production of the safe and nutritious crops, production of environment-tolerant crops and safety and welfare of the agricultural workers, he said.

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The Cabinet also approved in principle the draft of Kurigram Agricultural University Bill, 2020 to develop agriculture in the northern districts through research.

“It’ll be a prototype of the existing agricultural universities,” the Cabinet Secretary said, adding that now there are 153 universities – 46 public and 107 private —in the country.

Besides, the Cabinet okayed the draft speech of President Abdul Hamid to be delivered in the first session of Parliament in 2021.

The speech will focus mainly on 10 issues including the country’s overall scenario and macroeconomic condition; the government’s measures and successes in improvement of the country’s socioeconomic status; activities and programmes taken in different sectors to implement the Vision 2021 and formulation of the Vision-2041; local and overseas employment; and implementation of different ICT-related development measures to build ‘Digital Bangladesh’.

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