Eucalyptus trees to be removed from country: Agriculture minister

Eucalyptus trees along a road in BoguraSoel Rana

Agriculture minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque has said the government will take necessary actions to eliminate Eucalyptus trees from the country as the trees have negative impact on the environment, reports BSS.

“The government will take necessary steps after talking with concerned high ups to remove all the Eucalyptus trees from the country,” he said.

The minister said this while addressing RTV-NRBC agriculture award distribution ceremony held at Hotel Sonargaon in the capital on Tuesday afternoon.

The government will also take necessary steps to refrain people from further planting of the harmful Eucalyptus trees considering its negative consequence on the crops and environment, he said, adding that the country has almost 55-65 species of the tree.

Calling upon the urban youths to invest in commercialisation of agriculture, Razzaque said, “Commercialisation of agriculture is a target of the government and that’s why we want the educated youths particularly who lives in urban area to come to farming activities.”

Different farm products would be exported globally and the youths will make huge earn from the agricultural commodities, he hoped.

“Bangladesh will be prosperous one day when they [the youths] will leverage the enormous potentials of the agriculture,” said Razzaque who was adorned with lifelong reception after receiving RTV agriculture padak (medal) for contributing to farm sector.

Fisheries and livestock minister SM Rezaul Karim and private television channel RTV chairman Morshed Alam MP handed over the medal to the agriculture minister.

RTV has introduced the award last year and a total of eight persons and two organisations have received the prize in 10 categories.

The function was also addressed, among others, by RTV’s managing director Humayun Kabir, chief executive officer Syed Ashique Rahman, Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Shibli Rubaiya Ul Islam and NRBC Bank chairman Parvez Tamal.