Though the share of agriculture in GDP fell from 60 per cent to 12 per cent at present time (not for the backward movement of the sector, but for the progress of others), as yet the sector can contribute a lot to the national economy, if planned properly. It is true that the country has made tremendous improvements in the agriculture sector regarding self-sufficiency in food production; however, many steps are due for achieving the target of national food security and export revenue. A report of this daily’s yesterday issue stated that the agriculture minister stressed the importance of going for more mechanisation and commercialisation of agriculture to reap further benefits from the sector.
It is widely believed that the sector has much potential than that has been achieved so far. Our consumption-based agriculture system still largely depends on manual cultivation formula, which is hindering the further expansion of the sector. The use of the latest introduced modern machinery is limited within a certain group of farmers, and some of them are actually not in use because of a number of problems related to ownership of arable lands. In addition, the concept of commercialisation of agriculture products is mostly unfamiliar to farmers. Moreover, our research is restricted in searching for high-yielding varieties of traditional food products and studying ways to cultivate farm produce that we have to import regularly is not laudable.