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‘Agro-friendly policy helps achieve self-sufficiency in food’

Published : 26 Aug 2020 09:35 PM | Updated : 06 Sep 2020 05:37 PM

Director General of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) Dr Md Nazirul Islam has said, “As a result of the current government's agro-friendly policy, we have already achieved food self-sufficiency. Our goal now is to ensure nutritious and safe food for the people of the country.”

He said this while speaking as chief guest at a day-long training workshop titled ‘Insects and diseases management by using bio pesticides based technology in fruits and vegetables’ at the seminar room of the institute on Wednesday (August 26), organised by the Entomology Division of BARI. 

A total 35 teachers’ of different departments of Kazi Azimuddin College, Gazipur participated at the training workshop. The programme is arranged with the fund of ‘development and expansion of bio-rational based integrated pest management technologies of vegetables, fruits and betel leaf project’.

BARI Director (Research) Dr. Md. Miaruddin and Chief Scientific Officer & Head of Plant Pathology Division Dr. Firoza Khatun were present as special guests. Chief Scientific Officer & Head of Entomology Division and Project Director Dr. Debashish Sarker presided over the function. Principal Scientific Officer of Entomology Division Dr. Nirmal Kumar Dutta gave the welcome address while Senior Scientific Officer of Entomology Division Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman Sarker conducted the function. 

Speaking as the chief guest, BARI Director General Dr. Md. Nazirul Islam said, “In our country, the farmers indiscriminately use pesticides to control insects and pests in their crops which are extremely harmful to public health. As a result, the incidence of various diseases including cancer is increasing. So we need to use organic pesticides in our crops. This will reduce the health risks.”