Incidin and Manusher Jonno Foundation jointly organized on 20th of November 2011 morning a seminar titled “Marginal Farmer friendly Policy Environment: South Asian Experience” including some farmers representatives and aptly called it as “farmer’s parliament “. The event took place in the Senate Bhaban Seminar room of Dhaka University and the chief guest was the honorable agriculture minister of Bangladesh Government Ms. Motia Chowdhury. She said that the farmers know the importance of parliament and that is why they are present to voice their opinion in parliament. She taunted that if the opposition parties were present in the parliament like these farmers then the parliament would be more strong.
The event was presided by Shahin Anam, the Executive Director of Manusher Jonno Foundation and the special guest was Mahbub Hossain, Executive Director, BRAC. The policy paper was presented by A.K.M. Masud Ali, Executive Director, INCIDIN Bangladesh. Different senior members of farmer’s organizations and ordinary farmers from all over the country were also present and voiced their opinions.
A proposal on the draft policy of agriculture from different farmer’s organizations was handed over to the minister. Minister Motia Chowdhury said that she will present it in national parliament for discussion and will do necessary change, elaboration and addition in this proposal. (Source: Press Release)