Govt plans agriculture modernisation

Published : 05 Sep 2021 09:16 PM

BSS, Rangpur 

The present farmer-friendly government is working tirelessly to modernise the agriculture sector for implementing the Green Revolution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Md Mesbahul Islam said at a view-sharing meeting with farmer-members of common interest groups (CIG) of the National Agricultural Technology Program (NATP)-phase-2 Project at village Nijdorpa in Kawnia upazila of Rangpur district on Saturday afternoon as the chief guest.

The Kawnia Upazila Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Department of Livestock and Department of Fisheries jointly organised the event under the NATP-phase-2 Project.

Mesbahul Islam said the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is doing everything for bringing huge changes to agriculture to keep crop production increasing amid changing climate to attain sustainable food security.

“The activities include mechanisation of agriculture, providing subsidies in fertilizers, latest technologies and agricultural incentives to farmers to reduce production cost of crops and make farm activities more profitable,” he said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced that not a single inch of land should be left unproductive to enhance crop production and ensure food security.

“To the end, the DAE, Department of Livestock and Department of Fisheries and other agriculture related organisations are working with farmers at the grassroots levels,” Mesbahul Islam said.

He said agricultural scientists are evolving many new varieties of high yielding and hybrid varieties of crops to increase production of healthy and nutritious foods and ensure fair prices for farmers through various value-chains and networks. The Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock are working persistently to implement the Green Revolution of Father of the 

Nation Bangabandhu by creating local entrepreneurs among farmers to ensure fair prices of their produce.

“We need to produce more with less resources. Houses cannot be built everywhere. We want to implement the dream of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to build a developed Bangladesh by 2041,” he said.

The Senior Secretary visited the CIG activities being implemented with assistance of agriculture-related departments in the village, expressed satisfaction and thanked farmers for keeping the economy dynamic during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Presided over by Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Md Golam Rabbani, Project Director (Additional Secretary) of the NATP-phase-2 project Md Matiur Rahman, Additional Director of the DAE’s Rangpur region Bidhu Bhusan Ray and Kawnia Upazila Chairman Anwarul Islam Maya addressed the event as special guests.