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Govt moves to engage students in agriculture

  • Md Solamain Salman
  • 22 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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The government has moved to take up an innovative project to encourage students in poultry, fruit and vegetable farming to help boost the country’s agriculture sector.

 The Education Ministry in a letter on August 1 asked the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) to prepare a guideline in this regard and submit it before the ministry.

 The ministry took the initiative for the project styled ‘A student: An integrated agriculture farm’ following a proposal from agriculturist Prof Dr Md Amin Uddin Mridha.

 The government will not need to allocate any budget for implementing the project, informs the letter signed by Deputy Secretary ANM Tariqul Islam.

 Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni asked the Director-General of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education to prepare a manual in this regard with assistance from agriculturist Amin Uddin Mridha.

 After preparing the manual, the DSHE director-general and secondary and Higher Education Division will place a complete proposal to the education ministry, the letter added.

 Prof Dr Amin Uddin Mridha told the Daily Sun, “Students can contribute to the agriculture and environment by planting trees at the premises of their homes.”

 He said, “Encouraging the students in farming will enable them to utilize their idle time in agriculture to help increase the country’s agricultural production alongside improving the availability of healthy and safe foods.”

 Mentioning that no money allocation is needed, he said “I suggested to implement the project by forming different committees including a central committee and upazila committees comprising related government officials. The upzila committees will train the teachers and they will train students.”  

 “Many other countries are also working on my concept.”

Mentioning that there are around 3.5 million homes in the country, Prof Mridha also said “If the students plant trees at their premises of homes, it will help the environment and agriculture sector.”

Earlier on June 9, agriculturist Amin Uddin Mridha presented a powerpoint presentation before the education minister Dr Dipu Moni and other concerned officials on the project.

 In the presentation, the agriculturist highlighted that the government can encourage students to engage in vegetable, poultry, fisheries, dairy and cattle farming on a limited scale. The students also can plant medicinal and fruits trees at the premises of their homes.   

Taking the proposal of the agriculturalist into consideration, the education minister gave the directives to the DSHE for taking necessary measures and preparing the guideline for the innovative project.