3-day farm machinery fair begins in city

25 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A three-day national farm machinery fair-2019 will begin here tomorrow with a view to making the agriculture machineries popular among the people.

Agriculture minister Dr Abdur Razzak will inaugurate the fair at Krishibid Institute Bangladesh (KIB) auditorium as the chief guest. The theme of the fair is ‘mechanization will build modern and profitable agriculture’.

Agriculture ministry said the fair will create awareness about the use of modern machineries among farmers as it (fair) will display the latest agricultural new technology based machineries, reports BSS.

President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages said holding such a fair for modernization of the country’s agriculture is a time-befitting step as the government has been taking various steps for popularizing the use of modern farm machineries among the farmers.

In his message, President Abdul Hamid said Bangladesh is one of the top food grains, fruits and vegetable producing country in the world and modernization of agriculture has played a major role in this regard.

The government is providing financial assistance at a rate of 70 percent to farmers in haor areas and 50 percent to farmers of the other parts of the country for purchasing farm machineries, he said, adding that the government continues its efforts to make popularize the use of farm machineries at field level.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her message said the government has been implementing various pragmatic programmes for modernization and overall development of agriculture since 2009. Farmers are getting different agricultural inputs such as seeds and fertilizers at lower prices, she said, adding that farmers are getting credits at nominal interests and they are able to open bank accounts at Taka 10.

She said use of modern machineries in farming is very important for building a sustainable agriculture. Farmers are farming more than one crop on the same land due to the use of modern technology. Besides, modern machinery are increasingly becoming popular among farmers mainly due to shortage of laborers in agriculture, he added.

Both the President and the Prime Minister wished all success of the fair.