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Digital service to make farming more productive

Farmer Aid goes into full operation April 10


Bangladeshpost
Published : 30 Mar 2021 09:25 PM | Updated : 29 Apr 2021 09:39 PM

SAU Correspondent

Agri-Science Society (AgSS) has developed a new digital service called Farmer Aid aiming to help farmers all over the world. The operation of this service will begin on April 10. Anyone can get supports, proper guidelines and solutions over farming related problems through the service. 

Tariqul Islam and Sanjida Rahman have been made Head and Deputy Head of this service respectively. Farmer Aid (farmeraid.org) is an interactive platform where anyone can ask any question regarding farming and any other, who knows answer, can give the solution. Anyone can share relevant pictures and ideas on agriculture through posts and can connect to the world of agriculture. The core purpose of this service is to make an agricultural network, connect them with each other and make an environment to help most from this network.

Talking to the Bangladesh Post, Tariqul Islam, Head of the Farmer Aid and Executive of AgSS, said, “Farmers of our country face a lot of problems. Against this backdrop, it is necessary to provide enough support for them. Smart farmers can avail so many benefits from the Farmer Aid.” 

He also said that AgSS is working to digitise the agriculture sector. So, this service will be completely free of cost. Anyone can be benefited equally by just opening an account.

Sanjida Rahman, Deputy Head of this service, said, “We need supports from government and agricultural institutions to make this free service available to everyone. If we work together, we can make change and bring impact as well as make our agriculture smart and sustainable one.’’

Rahmat Ali, a farmer of Feni district, said, “As a farmer, I need information on cultivation. New diseases are appearing and attacking our crops. But we have no information about the disease. The Farmer Aid service will help us in this regard. I am really happy that Farmer Aid is offering support for us with free of cost which will definitely make our farming productive than before.”

According to the announcement of AgSS, this service is now web-based. A mobile app will also be launched to make it easier for the users.

Dr Ranjan Roy, a professor of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU), appreciated such initiative. He said, ’’Digitalisation can alter the way people live, work and play. As a new digital service, Farmer Aid, might be a good starting point for connecting farmers with a view to provide them farming related solutions. It would be a breeding group of farming idea development, sharing and learning.’’