Abdur Razzak (politician)

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Abdur Razzaque
Minister of Agriculture
Assumed office
January 2019
Preceded byMatia Chowdhury
Minister of Food and Disaster Management
In office
2009 – September 2012
Preceded byM M Shawkat Ali
Succeeded byMinistry bifurcated
Minister of Food
Assumed office
September 2012
Preceded byPosition established[1]
Succeeded byQamrul Islam
Personal details
Political partyBangladesh Awami League
Alma materBangladesh Agricultural University
Purdue University
OccupationPolitician, agriculturalist

Abdur Razzaque (born 1 February 1950) is a Bangladeshi politician. He is serving as a Member of Parliament for Tangail-1 since 2001. He served as Minister of Food and Disaster Management from 2009 to 2012 and then, as Minister of Food until 2013. He has been the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Finance since 2014. He has also been serving as a Presidium (highest policy making body) Member of Bangladesh Awami League since 2016. Currently, he is also the head of the Election Manifesto sub-committee of Bangladesh Awami League for the upcoming election to be held in December 2018.He is the current Minister of Agriculture.[2]

Contribution in Liberation War 1971[edit]

In the 6 point, 11 point and anti-Ayub movement, Razzak took an essential part. He was a company commander in 1971 liberation war of Bangladesh. He is one of the freedom fighters in Tangail Zila.

Early life[edit]

Razzaque was born in Musuddi village of Tangail subdivision, East Pakistan (now Dhanbari Upazila, Tangail District, Bangladesh). Late Jalal Uddin and Rezia Khatun are his parents. He has distinctively completed graduation with honors from Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in 1971 and also completed post graduation in 1972 from the same campus. From Purdue University, USA, he achieved his PhD in 1983.[3] He is one among the very few experts on this land on 'Farming System Research' and 'Sustainable Rural Agricultural Development'. He has further studied in East Angelia University-UK & participated in several training programs at home and abroad. He started his career by joining 'Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC)' as a scientific officer and ended as the chief scientific officer in 2001.[4]

Political career[edit]

Razzaque started his political career in student life.He was elected the Vice President of the student union of Bangladesh Agricultural University. He was also the President of Bangladesh Student League, BAU unit. [4]

Razzaque was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Tangail-1 in 2001.He has also served as the Agricultural Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League for many years before being elected as a Presidium Member in the National Council of the party held in October, 2016.[5][6][7] He was appointed Minister of Food and Disaster Management in 2009. After the ministry was split in two in 2012, he continued as Minister of Food until 2013.[8][9]



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  3. ^ "Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award 2013: Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, PhD '83". ConnectionsNow!. Purdue University College of Agriculture. 27 February 2013. Archived from the original on 15 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Life Sketch of Honorable Minister, Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque" (PDF). UNICEF. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  5. ^ "List of Members of 8th Parliament of Bangladesh Jatiyo Sangsad" (PDF). Bangladesh Parliament. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
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