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National workshop on small scale processing of horticultural crops for rural income generation

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31st March, 2022 05:20:13 PM
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Dr M A Sattar Mandal, emeritus professor and former vice chancellor of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), said reduction of postharvest losses are challenged all over the world.

“Scientist, academician and related people are working to diversify use of agricultural commodity for value addition,” he said while attending as a chief guest at a day long workshop titled ‘Small Scale Processing of Horticultural Crops for Rural Income Generation’ on Wednesday.

NATP 2 Project of Agriculture Ministry organised the workshop held at Hortex Foundation seminar room in the capital. About 100 participants around the country participated in the program.

Dr M A Sattar Mandal said “Economic analysis will be done for the agro-products and it needs to disseminate the information so that they can realize cost-benefit which will enthusiasm and enhance trust to involve in agro-processing sector and ultimately will assist to sustain in domestic market as well as international market for maintaining quality.” 

Azharul Islam Siddique, Director of PIU, NATP-2, DAE, and Dr F H Ansary, MD and CEO of ACI Motors Limited, were present as special guests. Dr Md Golam Ferdous Chowdhury, Senior Scientific Officer of Postharvest Technology Division of BARI, was the keynote speaker.

Azharul Islam Siddique mentioned value addition to fruits and vegetables are essential for our food and nutritional security and DAE are conducting training on food processing for the stakeholders.

Dr F H Ansary, MD and CEO, ACI Motors Limited said, “Raw materials are essential to make agro-products and we import many raw materials from foreign country.”

Md Manzurul Hannan, Former DG, DAE and Managing Director, Hortex Foundation chaired the programme.

Additional Secretary and NATP 2 Project Director Md Motiur Rahman and Director General of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Dr Debashis Sarker, were also spoke.