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Call to set up agro, food safety court in dists

By UNB, DHAKA
10th-May-2014       
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The government should set up agriculture and food safety court in each district to deal with issues like food safety, agro-market manipulation, and agro-input adultery related litigations, suggests Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).
The civil society think tank also said the government should think of establishing a 'Rural Insurance Entity' in order to protect farmers from climatic risks, and rural entrepreneurs from unexpected shocks.
The CPD in its recent analysis found that there is a significant gap between grower and retail prices of agricultural produces in Bangladesh. In order to ensure fair prices at both grower and consumer levels, it proposed budgetary measures to set up an Agricultural Price Commission with adequate human resources.
The CPD also said funds should be allocated for establishing a Food Safety Authority which will play a major role in implementing food safety rules and allegations.
It added, "The authorities could have a food safety inspection and monitoring cell with modern equipment and adequate human resources.  The work on this body should support implementation of Consumer Rights Act."

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