Disbursement of incentives worth 568 crore Taka for 457 thousand 500 COVID affected farmers was inaugurated today at a program organized by the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock. Out of this, the incentives of 400 thousand beneficiaries will be sent via bKash, the country's largest mobile financial service provider.
Chief guest Dr. Mohammad Abdur Razzaque, Minister of Agriculture, inaugurated the program at Osmani Memorial Auditorium. M. A. Mannan, Minister of Planning and Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu, MP, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Livestock were the special guests of the event. SM Rezaul Karim, Minister of Fisheries and Livestock presided over the function. Raunak Mahmud, Secretary of Fisheries and Livestock Ministry delivered the welcome speech. Mercy Miyang Tembon, Country Director of the World Bank also spoke on the occasion.
Beneficiaries from several districts joined the event through video conferencing and expressed their satisfaction with the incentives received in their bKash accounts.
This initiative is taken to ensure the nutrition of people and to continue the success of meat production in the country. Under this, COVID affected farmers of dairy and poultry are receiving the incentive.
The government has taken several steps to distribute majority amount of money through reliable financial services like bKash in order to deliver the incentive directly to the beneficiaries with transparency, speed and security. However, bKash has been successfully distributing various government allowances including secondary level stipends, financial aid of the Prime Minister during the pandemic, social safety net allowances and allowances for the workers of export oriented industries.
Beneficiary farmers can easily Cash Out the incentive money from any part of the country at any time through the extensive agent network of bKash across the country, without any additional cost.