Agriculture Minister Dr. Abdur Razzaque put emphasis on modern cultivation practices to achieve the goal of increasing cereal production in the country.
He said this while inaugurating a workshop on “Agricultural Mechanisation in Bangladesh: The Future” in Dhaka on Monday.
Bangladesh has made great strides in mechanising many aspects of agricultural production since the early 1980’s when manual labour and animal power were common, said the speakers at the workshop.
Almost all of the 11.5 million hectares of rice planted, and the 50 million tonnes of rice harvested each year, are transplanted and harvested manually, they said.
The two-day workshop started on 21st March 2022 by USAID funded Feed the Future Bangladesh Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia- Mechanization and Extension Activity (CSISA-MEA), in collaboration with Bangladesh Agriculture University.
The workshop will review progress made with the introduction of agricultural mechanisation technologies.
Within this context, the workshop will seek to identify opportunities for appropriately mechanising crop production operations that are still partly or fully done manually.