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Innovate climate tolerant crops to ensure food security: PM to Canadian delegation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (May 8, 2022) underscored the innovation of climate tolerant crops by agriculture scientists and the adaptation of modern technology for ensuring food security across the globe.

She also emphasized food preservation, reduction of post-harvest loss and nutrition security for the same purpose.

The prime minister said this while a four-member Canadian delegation called on her at Gono Bhaban.

The four-member delegation was led by Stephen Visscher, CBE director for Strategic Partnership and COO, Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS), University of Saskatchewan.

The other members of the delegation were Dr Balajit Singh, Vice-President (Research) of the University of Saskatchewan, Dr Andrew Sharpe, Bangabandhu Research Chair in Food Security, GIFS, University of Saskatchewan, Canada and Canadian High Commissioner in Dhaka Lilly Nicholls.

The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) of Canada’s University of Saskatchewan (USask) opened its regional office in Dhaka last year to enhance cooperation in research among agriculture research institutes of Canada and Bangladesh. The delegation came to Dhaka to visit it.

PM’s Assistant Press Secretary MM Emrul Kayas briefed the reporters after the meeting.

Hasina told the delegation that when Awami League led by the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman won an absolute majority in the general elections held on December 7, 1970, the then Trudeau Government in Canada urged the government in Pakistan to hand over power peacefully to the elected representatives.

“Canadian Government continued its support towards Bangladesh during our War of Independence,” she said.

During the call on, Stephen Visscher said that they will provide all types of technical support to the GIFS regional office located here.

Besides, Balajit Singh said they will extend all-out support to those who will go to the University of Saskatchewan for higher studies.

Dr Andrew Sharpe said that he will guide the person who will go to the University of Saskatchewan for higher studies.

The delegation also showed their interest to work on the multiple uses of Bangladesh’s Jackfruit and plant genetics.

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