Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, M.P., Honorable Minister of Agriculture, inaugurated as “Chief Guest”.
Considering the safety measures amidst the ongoing spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the program was arranged online – via video conferencing on July 05, 2020 at 11.00am. Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, M.P., Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, attended the ceremony as “Chief Guest” and formally inaugurated AmCham’s support for marginal farmers at Sirajgonj District. Professor Dr. Md. Habibe Millat, Member of the Parliament, Sirajganj-2 participated the program as “Special Guest”. H.E. Earl R. Miller, Ambassador of the United States of America to Bangladesh and Dr. Farook Ahmed, Deputy Commissioner of Siraganj were present as “Guests of Honor”. The program was chaired by the AmCham President, Mr. Syed Ershad Ahmed while Vice President Mr. Syed Mohammad Kamal moderated the program and briefed the participants about the Project.
AmCham has initiated a project to help the Pandemic affected marginal farmers and their families to address the immediate economic needs. AmCham with the generous support of its members and in association with SAJIDA foundation will help 1000 farmers and their families by providing financial resource to invest in agriculture and other sustainable livelihoods with objectives to:
– Strengthening income generation through agricultural inputs
– Integrating marginal farmers into local economies
In addition, these support measures will aim to facilitate linkages between farmers and Government agricultural institutions for further advice and support. This will further increase the resilience and improve protection of both participants and non-participants in terms of improving aids, financial services, and capacity enhancement initiatives.
Besides online, the event concurrently took place in the D.C office of Sirajganj where a number of farmers were present and received the grant during this difficult time.