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Towards digitalisation of farming


Bangladeshpost
Published : 17 Jul 2020 09:32 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 08:06 PM

SAU Correspondent

Agri-Science Society (AgSS) a non-profit agricultural organization is working to bring revolutionary changes in the country’s agriculture sector through digitalization of farming.

The organisation conducts development programmes such as workshops, training, seminars and symposia for farmers and agricultural students.

Co-founded by Md. Akram Khan along with his two friends at the agricultural university in May 2019, he and his team are continuously trying to connect agricultural students, farmers, teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs with one another for the betterment of the agriculture sector through the organization.

Akram, a student of Dhaka University is now an acting Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Agri-Science Society (AgSS). AgSS is one of the top 10 organizations from Bangladesh which has been selected as a Changemaking organization by International Social Entrepreneur Organization Ashoka for It’s immense contribution to society. Also, AgSS was the Runner-up in Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Hult Prize Competition.

‘’Agriculture is the prime sector of Bangladesh facing so many problems. We identified some of the major problems – Traditional Farming, Food Insecurity, Lack of Quality of Agricultural Students and Farmers, and are now working on them for a sustainable solution .We are now designing a smart app named ‘Agri-Pro’ with many farmer-oriented features including Live Weather Forecasting to provide them climatic data ,Question-Answer Forum where they can ask for solutions to problems related with farming, disease identification of fruits and vegetables, live video streaming with agricultural experts, fertilizer calculation, farm management tools and so on. Farmers will get the opportunity to use all services with free of cost.’’ Akram said.

According to him, AgSS is also doing so many farmers consultation program on their problems and promoting new invented technology among them so that farmers are able to use them. They are now thinking of developing an online learning platform for agricultural students and farmers.

Like other social organizations, COVID-19 outbreak has impacted their pre-planned activities very much. In this pandemic, AgSS organized a biggest agricultural virtual summit, a 3-day long programme with 15 renowned speakers and experts on demanded agricultural themes.

This summit gave them about 40 thousand engagements of people.
They are now also conducting exclusive live online sessions for the development of agricultural students with relevant experts on a regular basis and planning to do another online event named ‘1st Green Feature Contest-2020’ in collaboration with two social organizations.

About AgSS activities at this time, Dr. A. M. Shahabuddin, Associate Professor and Chairman at the Department of Aquaculture, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University added,” AgSS is one of the agricultural organizations which is continuously trying in the development field of farmers and agricultural students through their constructive programmes in this pandemic.

He hoped their journey would bring change in the agriculture sector of Bangladesh.
Prema Paul, a student of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) and now an Executive at the Department of Research in Agri-Science Society (AgSS) talked with Bangladesh Post about the aim of AgSS. ’’As we know, food demand is expected to increase anywhere in the world at between 59% to 98% by 2050.

To fulfill the increasing demand, we must bring digitalization into our farming, to ensure a proper practical and applied education for agricultural students to facilitate our agriculture sector. We are working hard to make this work. Hope, in future, AgSS will be able to provide solution to any farming problem.’’ she added.