The World Bank offered assistance in the government’s agricultural rehabilitation programs in the Sidr-ravaged regions. Praful C Patel, the bank’s South Asia vice-president, made the offer at a two-hour meeting with the agriculture adviser, CS Karim, at noon.
‘The World Bank has undertaken a number of rehabilitation programs for the Sidr-affected farmers in the south, involving crop production, imports of food grains and house building chiefly,’ Patel told reporters after the meeting.
He said he discussed with adviser how the bank could help the government to get over the farm losses. The bank will do its best when the ongoing donors’ assessment of the damages will be done and information disseminated towards end-January, Patel added. ‘The poverty alleviation programs undertaken by the government in the Sidr-affected regions will be hampered. But a three-pronged coordinated approach combining the government, donors and NGOs could possibly help recover the losses,’ Karim told reporters. Rice production will suffer a nearly 1.4 million tons shortfall because of the recurrent floods and the cyclone, the adviser said.