Tuesday, 19 October, 2021

Futuristic agriculture in the offing

Futuristic agriculture in the offing

As usual Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina displayed her sagacity, futuristic vision and immense patriotism in the press conference following her participation in the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly. It was held to inform the people of the country about her achievements and experience of the visit. She is always at her best in the question and answer sessions which invariably follow her speech, where she faces questions from the press about details of her visit.

The people are astounded by her futuristic plans for the agricultural sector, which, if realised, will enable farmers to store the surplus at temperature regulated facilities preventing degradation of quality and retain freshness of their produce. Furthermore, such storage facilities will retain export level quality of the valuable fruits and vegetables produced by our farmers and also enable them to earn more through export. Such facilities will also save millions of taka worth of perishable goods by preventing their decay through rotting or dehydration.

She has also mentioned about creating related food processing units nearby the areas where there are bountiful harvests of a particular crop so that not even a bit goes to waste due to overproduction. We can draw examples of highly perishable vegetables like tomatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers and fruits like mangoes, litchis, etc. which grow in too much abundance during seasons. This results in a huge wastage of our valuable produce, incurring terrible loss for the poor farmers. Any loss faced by a productive section of the population is actually a macro level loss for the country’s economy. Such unnecessary losses can be easily avoided by the creation of storage and processing facilities nearby which can revolutionise agriculture in Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina always stresses on research in every field and sector from education to production. Research and ICT are her most often used keywords. Her push for research in agriculture has produced salinity tolerant crops which enable coastal people to grow food grain. This is just one of the examples of research achievements funded by the government to ensure food security in the country.

Use of ICT can help farmers detect pest attacks, fertiliser requirements, hydration needs before a problem becomes unmanageable. It will reduce production costs by focused use of fertilisers, pesticides, irrigation, etc in the fields. A brighter future is on the horizon of Bangladesh!