Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque emphasised the need for more researches to develop various weather resilient varieties of crops and technologies to meet the future food security challenges.
“There are many challenges in the country to maintain food security. Researchers-scientists have to work relentlessly to address this challenge,” he said.
“Research hours should not be limited to 9:00-5:00 office hours. They should be engaged in more research,” Dr Razzaque said.
The agriculture minister said this while speaking as the chief guest at a research review and programme formulation workshop of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) in Gazipur on Sunday.
He said the country should invent more varieties and production technologies for the farmers.
“We cannot sit idle after inventing a variety. Also it needs to be taken to the farmers quickly. In many cases it takes 8-10 years for the invented varieties and technology reach the farmers’ level. It is not desirable at all. This gap of innovation and expansion needs to be reduced,” the minister emphasised.
Earlier, the agriculture minister visited two newly established plant pathology and soil science labs and a technology exhibition stall.
“In the last one year, the export of agricultural products has increased sharply,” he said.
The minister said the certification of foods by the new labs will be accepted all over the world, which will help the exports increase further in the coming days.
BARI is currently conducting research activities on 211 crops.
During the time of the Awami League government from 2009-2021, BARI developed a total of 669 advanced technologies including 306 improved varieties and 363 technologies.