Adoption of modern tech stressed for sustainable agriculture

26 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

RANGPUR: Officials and experts at a function have called for innovation and large-scale adoption of modern agricultural technologies to attain sustainability in the agriculture sector amid changing climate.

They made the call at the inaugural function of a four-day ‘District Agriculture Technology Fair-2020’ organised by the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) at Khamarbari premises in Kurigram district town on Monday afternoon, reports BSS.

The Integrated Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Project and Integrated Agriculture Productivity Project extended assistance in arranging the fair to introduce farmers and ordinary people with modern agricultural technologies.

Different departments and organisations have set up 20 stalls on the fairground displaying modern agricultural technologies and machineries and focusing achievements of farmers in farm-activities.

Deputy Commissioner of Kurigram Sultana Pervin inaugurated the fair by cutting ribbon as the chief guest in the function presided over by Deputy of the DAE Agriculturist Dr. Md. Mostafizur Rahman.

Additional Superintendent of Police for Kurigram Minhajul Alam, District Livestock Officer Dr. Abdul Hye, District Fisheries Officer Kalipado Roy and District Training Officer of the DAE Agriculturist Shamsuddin Mian addressed as special guests.

Agriculturist Dr. Rahman said farmers are producing 30 to 32 mounds of paddy per bigha of land using modern agricultural technologies now in place of producing only 10 to 12 mounds paddy per bigha of land adopting traditional practices in the past.

Dr. Hye said the government’s various pragmatic steps, including providing subsidies in purchasing agricultural machineries for mechanisation of agriculture, are largely assisting farmers in increasing crop production.

The chief guest called upon agriculture scientists, researchers and experts for innovation and popularising adoption of modern agricultural technologies among farmers to increase crop production despite adverse impacts of climate change.

“We must achieve more success in adaptation to climate change to keep crop production increasing by mechanisation of agriculture and using modern agricultural technologies to attain sustainable agriculture,” she added.