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Bangladesh: Dairy seeks Tk 50 bln for fisheries, livestock July 02,2020   |  Source: Salaam Gateway

Bangladesh Dairy Development Forum (BDDF) has demanded Tk 50-billion ($523 million) allocation for fisheries and livestock in the next budget from the proposed Tk 31.93 billion to fight coronavirus impacts. It sought collateral-free loans for marginal cattle farmers, subsidy for fodder and farm machinery, and tax exemptions on local dairy products to offset the COVID-19 shock on the sector. The platform also exhorted the government to impose at least 25-per cent duty on all types of imported dairy products in the next fiscal to save the local industry.

The BDDF made the demands through a virtual press conference styled 'Reaction to National Budget 2020-21: How the Dairy Budget Looks Like' hosted on Thursday. BDDF vice-presidents Uzma Chowdhury and Dr Quazi M Emdadul Huque, joint secretary Dr KBM Saiful Islam and communications secretary Mutashim Billah addressed the event chaired by BDDF president Umme Kulsum Smrity. The BDDF, an advocacy platform for local dairy industry, placed a 12-point demand to help the sector recover from the fallout of the pandemic. It suggested slashing duty on cattle feed imports and subsidising farmers in buying fodder and farm tools. The BDDF also sought collateral-free loans to marginal farmers under the stimulus package and called for creating a

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