Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque said the government is considering providing subsidy for diesel in the Boro (paddy) season aiming to reduce production cost of the farmers.
"As we give subsidy for fertiliser, subsidy for diesel will be given in Boro season in the same way if necessary. The government is seriously considering this matter," he said.
The Institute of Water Modelling (IWM) organized the workshop here in association with Bangladesh Agricultural University and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Australia.
Razzaque further said that due to lack of rain, Aman planting is being disrupted.
"Currently, the rainy season is going on and according to natural rules; the rain should occur in the country. However, it is not happening which is a concern for all," he added.
Therefore, if Aman production is interrupted due to lack of rain, it will affect the farmers, he continued.
Besides, farmers often invest in Boro season the money earned from Aman production and meet their expenses such as purchasing of fertilizer and diesel and irrigation costs, he said.
On the one hand, work is going on to increase the use of surface water for irrigation, he said, adding that the efficiency of irrigation is increased for using buried pipes (underground pipes).
Australian Deputy High Commissioner in Dhaka Nardia Simpson delivered the welcome speech in the workshop while IWM Executive Director Abu Saleh Khan presided over it.