Safe potato farming can help boosting export

Experts at a meeting here mentioned large- scale promotion of safe potato farming can be an effective means of its export and urged all concerned to work in this regard, reports BSS.

Time has come promote biorational pest management technologies in the potato farming as it plays a vital role in both the economy and nutrition in the region, they told at a daylong training here yesterday.

Bangladesh Cold Storage Association (BCSA) hosted the training titled “Production, Preservation, Marketing and Use of Potato” in association with Agro-products Business Promotion Council (APBPC) in the Ministry of Commerce held at Shaleha Imarat Cold Storage conference hall at Bagmara Upazila in the district.

More than 100 people including cold storage owners and potato farmers and businessmen from all eight districts in Rajshahi division took part in the training. Engineer Enamul Haque, MP, addressed the opening meeting as chiefguest while BCSA Director Ahasn Uddin spoke as special guest with its Secretary Mozammel Haque Chowdhury in the chair. APBPC Representative Liton Chandra Roy, BCSA Engineer Abdur Razzaque and Sub Assistant Agriculture Officer Ahsan Habib also spoke.

Lawmaker Enamul Haque said successful application of biorational pest management technologies has become indispensable in potato farming from its nursing to harvesting for the sake of a sound public health and environment.

He also said the government has a policy of ensuring food and nutritional security in this regard.

Engineer Haque urged the participants to motivate the growers to follow only the guideline of the field level agricultural officials and scientistsinstead of any insecticide dealers and sellers during the vegetable farming from its nursing to harvesting for the sake of a sound public health and environment.

Using chemical pesticides in farming fields is always harmful to soil and public health, crops and environment. So, there is no way but to giving

utmost importance towards promoting biorational pest management widely.

He told the meeting that Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute has

developed a number of bio-rational-based integrated pest management

technologies for vegetable farming.