BSS, Gaibandha : A total of 960 flood affected small and marginal farmers of Sundarganj upazila in the district got high quality mustard seed and fertilizers free of cost under government's agri incentive programme. Upazila agriculture office distributed the agri inputs to them to recoup the losses of crops caused by recent floods. Each of the farmers received one kg of mustard seed, 20-kg of Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP) and 10-kg of Muriate of Potash (MoP). A simple function was held on the premises of Farmers' Training Centre of the upazila town on Saturday afternoon on the occasion. Local lawmaker Barrister Shameem Haider Patwary, upazila chairman M. Ashraful Alam Sarker Lebu, assistant commissioner (Land) Russel Miah, and officer-in-charge of Sundarganj Police Station SM Abdus Sobhan were present. The lawmaker in his speeches said the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working relentlessly for overall development of the farmers since 2009. The government stood by the flood affected small and marginal farmers of the upazila with crop seed and chemical fertilizer to help them to recoup losses caused by natural calamity. He also urged the farmers to sow the seed on the suitable land during the current Robi season and nurture the crop field properly like their own children to get desired output. Later, the farmers were provided with agri inputs. Upazila level officials, local public representatives and journalists were present on the occasion. Coordinated approach underscored to attain SDGs: Speakers in a function here on Wednesday underscored the need for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 20130 declared by UNDP to build a happy and prosperous country. "The stakeholders of the society will have come to forward with the positive attitude and coordinated way to attain the SDGs because it is not possible to implement the SDGs only for the government", they said. They made the comments while addressing a function on the formation of district network to achieve SDGs at the conference room of SKS Inn at Radhakrishnapur area under Sadar upazila in the district on Wednesday. SKS Foundation, a local NGO, arranged the function under the project of enhancing the participation of community based organizations (CBOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) democratic governance in Bangladesh funded by European Union in cooperation with Centre for Public Dialogue and Oxfam. Vice principal of Gaibandha Government College Professor Khalilur Rahman, professor Mohammad Ali, civil society member Chuni Islam, social worker Modasseruzzaman Milu and journalist Sarker M. Shahiduzzaman addressed the meeting, among others. Earlier, a power point presentation on the subject and the activities of the district network was made by project coordinator Baharam Khan. Around 60 members of CBOs, representatives of CSOs and mass media men participated in the function.
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