Dhaka, Bangladesh
Farmers to get training on biotech-based crop production

Farmers to get training on biotech-based crop production

RAJSHAHI, Aug 10: Lack of basic farming skills is one of the biggest problems facing small-scale farmers in the country. Most, however, do not have the time or money to study lengthy, complex agricultural courses, reports BSS. They need short, hands-on lessons that can teach them the basics in a professional, efficient manner, commissioner of Rajshahi division Noor-Ur-Rahman said this while addressing the inaugural session of a six-day long training course at Paba Upazila Parishad auditorium in the district Saturday. Upazila Governance Development Project (UGDP) will impart the training with financial support from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He said the grassroots farmers both male and female will be brought under training in phases so that they become capable to produce fruits and vegetables in biotechnology method. Simultaneously, the upazila and union parishad level officers and employees will also get training on information and communication technology for their capacity building, Rahman added. Upazila Chairman Begum Khairunnessa, Vice-chairman Ashraful Haque Tota and Upazila Nirbahi Officer Alamgir Kabir also spoke. During his concept paper presentation, Raju Ahmed, Upazila Development Facilitator of UGDP, gave an overview of the project along with its implementation strategy and possible outcomes. Rahman urged the field level officials and staffs concerned to reach the need-based public services to the grassroots people through social media. To this end, there is no way but to the best uses of ICT. He puts emphasis on promoting biotechnology-based fruits and vegetable farming to protect the public health from the adverse impact of chemical fertilizer. Importance should be given on more service-orientation, especially in health, education, agriculture, fisheries, livestock, poverty alleviation and gender development, rather than only physical infrastructure development. Awareness of local population about their rights, roles and responsibilities and orienting local governance issues to media people and local government institutions need to be focused properly, he opined.

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