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Farmers in Haor areas to get loan at 4.5 pc interest rate: PM

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UNB, Khaliajuri :
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the flood-affected farmers of haor areas will get fresh farm loan at only 4.5 percent interest rate, a cut by almost 50 percent.
"The affected farmers will get fresh agricultural loan at 4.5 percent interest rate to restart farming," she said while addressing a public meeting at Khaliajuri Degree College ground, prior to the distribution of relief materials among the flood-hit people.
The Prime Minister reiterated her government's decision to suspend the repayment of the current agricultural loan until the next crop, and said the government will also provide support to the farmers for the diversification of their occupation. Assuring the people of the flood-affected areas of taking all the necessary measures fo
 their protection, Sheikh Hasina said no one will suffer for lack of food and shelter as VGF activities will continue in the haor areas apart from the OMS ones.
"Now we've enough stock of food and we'll import more food from abroad, if necessary," she said adding that the government has make arrangements to make VGF rice available at union level at its own cost.
The Prime Minister arrived here in the morning by a helicopter to see for herself the situation of the flood-affected haor areas of the district. She distributed relief goods among the flood-hit farmers and other distressed people before addressing the public meeting at Khaliajuri Degree College.
Hasina said, the existing food assistance and other government cooperation for the flood- hit people of haor areas will continue.
The Prime Minister instantly directed the Deputy Commissioner of Netrokona district to prepare a list of homeless and landless people, and said the government will provide houses to all under its different projects, including 'Ashrayan' and 'Cluster Village' ones, alongside continuing the 'One House One Farm project'.
She advised the farmers to take steps for rearing poultry birds and boosting the production of vegetables instead of depending on only paddy cultivation.
Mentioning the establishment of Haor Development Board by her government, Hasina said the Board is executing various development programmes in the haor areas.

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