Published On:August 4 2010
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5 projects of Tk 541cr for food security in Bangladesh

Implementation of five projects is progressing fast to ensure national food security, strengthen storage system, construct new godowns and increase capacity.

The projects under the amended annual development programme of 2009-10 under the food division of food and disaster management ministry started in fiscal 2009-10 and 82.40 percent of those was implemented till June this year.

Ministry sources said the projects involving Taka 540.861 crore include reconstruction of affected food silos and supporting infrastructures, construction of a 50,000-metric ton grain silo at Mongla Port, enhancing institutional capacity of department of food, enhancing efficiency of institutions under agriculture ministry, construction of a new food godown of 1,10,000-metric ton capacity in northern region of the country and National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (phase- 2).

The total allocation for those projects was Taka 37.3 crore, including project assistance of Taka 11.22 crore. Of the allocated money, Taka 30.5129 crore was spent till June this year.

Taka 3 crore was allocated in the last fiscal year for the Taka 199.46-crore grain silo project at Mongla Port. Of the allocated money, Taka 1.6525 crore was spent till June this year. The progress of project implementation is 55 percent. The project will be completed by December 2013.

Last review meeting on annual development programme of food and disaster management ministry was informed that land acquisition has started for the project and the deputy commissioner was given Taka 90 lakh for the purpose. An initiative has been taken to appoint consultants and necessary manpower for quick implementation of the project.

Besides, a 1.10-lakh ton capacity food godown is being constructed in the northern region at a cost of Taka 241 crore. A total of Taka 17.42 crore was allocated in the last year's amended ADP. Of the amount, Taka 16.7474 crore was spent till June. The progress of implementation of the project is 96 percent. The project will be completed by June 2011.

The work on implementation of National Food Policy Strengthening Project (phase-2) involving Taka 73.4418 crore is going on. A total of Taka 7.70 crore was allocated in last year's amended ADP, of which Taka 5.8158 crore was spent till June this year. The progress of project implementation here is 90.75 percent. Assisted by USAID and European Commission, the project will be completed by 2012.

Besides, a Taka 22.4383-crore project is being implemented to repair affected godowns and reconstruction of supporting infrastructures. The progress of project implementation is 95 percent and it will be completed by 2012.



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