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‘Agricultural mechanization is accelerating due to subsidy’

Agriculture Minister. Md. Abdur Razzak said the present government is providing agricultural equipment to farmers at 50 to 60 per cent subsidy to accelerate agricultural mechanization. As a result of this subsidy or incentive, the country is undergoing rapid agricultural mechanization.

The Agriculture Minister was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of a three-day conference titled ‘Use of Power and Energy Saving Technology for Sustainable Development of Agriculture’ at the Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB) Seminar in Dhaka on Thursday (January 8). The event was organized by IEB and Exponet Exhibition on the occasion of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary and golden jubilee of independence.

At the time, the agriculture minister said, the country’s scientists have invented a lot of modern agricultural technology. Aman has invented short-lived rice. As a result, mustard cultivation is possible in the middle of Aman and Boro seasons. This is an additional crop and new cropping pattern.

A few days ago, the mystery of the life of steep and salt tolerant rice was revealed. Md. Abdur Razzak said there are two million hectares of saline land on the coast. Food production system will be sustainable if salt tolerant paddy is cultivated there and 2 crops are harvested in a year. In addition, Brie has recently developed a rice harvester combine harvester, which is much cheaper and more suitable for use on country land.

Addressing the scientists and engineers at the time, the Minister said, “It is now a big challenge to bring our technologies to the field level.” These invented technologies are going to the field at a very slow pace. If your invented technology does not go to the field, if the farmer does not get the benefit, no benefit can be obtained even by inventing them.

The Minister further said that advanced agricultural technology is now being used in different countries. Take action to see how they can be used in the country quickly, used in production. We will provide maximum support from the government. But you have to do the job.

Calling on the companies to come forward to manufacture machinery in the country without relying on imports alone, the minister said many companies in the country are selling agricultural machinery. This market is huge now. There is a huge demand for various equipments including irrigation machine, rice harvester combine harvester. But sadly no one is preparing or assembling these in Bangladesh. Everyone is importing and selling from abroad.

IEB’s Vice President Engineer on the occasion. Benazir Alam, Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension, chaired by Nuruzzaman, Secretary of Science and Technology of the Bangladesh Awami League. Abdus Sabur, IEB’s vice president. Hossain, Schrader member Siddique Jobayer, Honorary General Secretary of IEB Shahadat Hossain, Chairman of Exponet Exhibition Ali Reza also spoke. The main article was presented by Professor Prokau, Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Bangladesh Agricultural University. Choyan Kumar Saha.

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