Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has opened Bangladesh’s first multi-storey, solar-powered silo in Bogra.
The climate controlled facilities at the northern district’s Santahar can store approximately 25,000 tonnes of food. Officials say all types of food can be stored in the warehouse.
The prime minister arrived in Bogra around 12pm on Sunday to inaugurate a number of development projects. The Santahar silo was the prime minister’s first stop after arriving in the northern district.
The high-tech food storage project began in 2009 and was completed with the financial and technical support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The Santahar location was chosen for the project due to its strategic position between Naogaon and Bogra and its access to road and rail.
Constructions began in 2013 with a budget of Tk 2.32 billion. JICA provided Tk 1.50 billion for the project.
The prime minister planted a tree seedling at the warehouse’s premises. She then toured the facility.
Food Minister Qamrul Islam, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak MP, Abdur Rahman, Abdul Mannan, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Sheikh Fazle Noor Tapas MP, Israfil Alam also accompanied Hasina.