Mechanisation can mitigate agriculture challenges: Experts | 2018-09-16 |

Mechanisation can mitigate agriculture challenges: Experts

    16 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Scientists and researchers unanimously mentioned that large-scale adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) and farm mechanization can be the effective means of facing the existing agriculture related challenges.

They identically observed that the country’s agriculture is facing many challenges including climate change, labour shortage, irrigation water scarcity and increase of crop cultivation cost. So, promotion of CA and farm mechanization has become indispensable.

They made this observation while addressing a daylong inception workshop titled “Pilot Project on Commercialization of Smallholders’ CA-based Planters in Bangladesh” in the conference hall of Regional Wheat and Maize Research Institute (RWMRI) here on Friday, reports BSS.

RWMRI and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) jointly organized the workshop in association with Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and Murdoch University-Australia.

Additional Director of Department of Agriculture Extension SM Mustafizur Rahman and its Deputy Director Deb Dulal Dhali addressed the meeting as chief and special guests respectively with RWMRI Principal Scientific Officer Dr Ilias Hossain in the chair.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Murdoch University Dr Enamul Haque was the keynote presenter.

Chief Scientific Officer of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute Dr Aminul Islam and Scientific Officer of BARI Jahedul Islam also spoke.

Dr Enamul Haque told the meeting that 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.

Referring to some research findings, he mentions average benefits from the farm mechanization and CA adoption have been estimated at 34 percent labor saving, 31 pc less seed required, six pc fertilizers saving, 32 pc pesticide cost saving leading to 10 pc lower production cost for lentil, mustard, maize, and wheat.

Widespread use of two-wheel tractors for land preparation and the recent development of small farm machineries provide a platform for implementing farm mechanization, cost savings and the practice of conservation agriculture (CA) in Bangladesh.