Dhaka, Bangladesh
'Modern farm machinery uses can help produce safe food'

'Modern farm machinery uses can help produce safe food'

RAJSHAHI, Dec 2: Agricultural scientists and researchers on Sunday urged upon farmers to produce safe food using modern farm machinery for protecting public health from many diseases. Promotion of modern farming machinery has become indispensable as farmers of the Barind region are facing many challenges including climate change, labour shortage, irrigation water scarcity and increase in crop-cultivation cost, they added. They came up with the observation while addressing a daylong workshop titled "Modern Agriculture Technology and Safe Food Production" held in Bijoynagar area under Godagari Upazila. Bangladesh Bank (BB) under its 'Small and Marginal Sized Farmers Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Diversification Financing Project (SMAP)' organized the workshop with financial support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) supported the programme technically. The BB has been implementing the project to boost the productivity of agriculture along with its diversification through extending microfinance and technical support services to agriculture, livestock and farm machinery sectors through 11 Participating Microfinance Institutions (PMFIs). The participating farmers were motivated for using the machinery alongside giving ideas and practical knowledge on how they can produce safe food through deriving benefits of the modern farming machinery. Chaired by BB Deputy General Manager and Deputy Director of SMAP AKM Saiduzzaman, the workshop was addressed by BARI Principal Scientific Officer Dr Alim Uddin and BB Joint Director and Manager of SMAP Raihanul Islam as chief and special guests respectively. BARI Senior Scientific Officers Dr Jagadish Chandra Barman, Dr Abdul Matin and Dr Ershadul Haque also spoke on the occasion disseminating their expertise on the issue. Dr Alim Uddin said, “Cropping intensity can be increased to 250 percent, even 400 percent, from the existing 200 percent through reducing the existing time gap between the two crops through the best uses of the farm mechanization.” He urged the PMFI officials and others concerned to implement the project properly and effectively so that the target group of farmers can derive its total benefits. A total of 50 SMAP-beneficiary small and marginal farmers and 15 PMFI officers took part in the workshop.

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