Speakers at a meeting on Tuesday called for following good agriculture practices to ensure poison-free tomato production for the sake of protecting public health from various non-communicable diseases like cancer, heart ailments and liver cirrhosis.
Collective efforts of all the government and non-government entities concerned have become an urgent need to prevent deadly diseases, they came up with the expression while addressing a training session titled ‘Tomato Production, Processing and Marketing in Safe and Poison-free Manner’ at Godagari Upazila Parishad Hall Room in the district.
Local Government Division and Japan International Cooperation Agency jointly organized the training programme. Farmers, seed traders and fertilizer and insecticides businessmen took part in the training programme.
The participants were given ideas on how to ensure food safety through implementing good agricultural practices, good handling practices and good marketing and manufacturing practices.
They were also given ideas on how they will engage them to follow good practices of production, handling and processing of tomatoes.
Chaired by Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Shimul Akter, the session was addressed, among others, by Upazila Chairman Jahangir Alam and its Vice-chairman Sufiya Khatun, Upazila Aagriculture Officer Shafiqul Islam and its Additional Agriculture Officer Shamsun Nahar.
Jahangir Alam said there is no alternative to bring all the tomato farmers under requisite awareness for promotion of modern technologies to make the harvesting and marketing process safe and hygienic. He said tomato is the leading seasonal cash crop in the upazila and dominates its economy and urged the participating farmers to produce, harvest, handle and market their tomato after the best uses of the knowledge acquired from the training.