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Recognition to women farmers emphasized

10Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Mia on Sunday laid emphasis on doing proper evaluation as well as giving national recognition to the contributions of women farmers. “Women consist half of the country’s 16 crore population. It is not possible to achieve economic development for the country keeping this huge population lagging behind. Their works must be recognized,” he said at a discussion in the capital, reports BSS. Oxfam, Bangladesh organised the views-exchange meeting at Biam Foundation in the capital as part of its national campaign to protect the rights of female farmers. He said Bangladesh Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Speaker and Deputy Leader of the House – all are women.  “So it can’t be said that women of Bangladesh are lagging behind. I don’t want to believe that women farmers will be lagging behind for long,” he said.
Noting that achieving self-sufficiency in food is one of the major successes of Sheikh Hasina’s government, the deputy speaker said the success has been made due to contributions of both men and women farmers.
Member of Parliament Shirin Akhtar and Oxfam country director Snehal Soneji spoke as special guests while Oxfam policy and advocacy manager Manisha Biswash moderated the discussion. Later, seven woman farmers from seven divisions received crests for their outstanding contributions in the agriculture sector. A total of 90 women farmers from seven divisions were present in the function.