RAJSHAHI: Scientists and researchers on Wednesday underlined the need for mechanising farming process in larger scale to decay agriculture related challenges and boost production in the drought-prone Barind area in the division.
They put the importance while focusing on challenges in the region including climate change, labour shortage, and water scarcity for irrigation and increasing cost in crop cultivation.
Farm Machinery and Postharvest Process Engineering Division (FMPED) of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) organised the training at On Farm Research Division (OFRD) in association with the ‘More Profitable through Innovation of Agricultural Machinery and Appropriate Technology’ project.
FMPED Senior Scientific Officer Dr Arshadul Hoque, OFRD Principal Scientific Officers Dr Majharul Anwar and Dr Jagadish Chandra Barman, Senior Scientific Officer Dr Shakhawat Hossain and Scientific Officer Dr Jahidul Islam conducted the training sessions as resource persons.
The trainees were told that the cropping intensity can increase to 250 percent even 400 percent from the existing 200 percent after the best uses of the farm mechanization.
They were given practical knowledge and ideas on handling, repairing and maintaining agricultural machinery, particularly bed planter, seeder, maize sheller, power thresher, potato harvester, solar pump based solar home system and reaper.
Dr Arshadul Hoque said forty percent labourers are involved in agricultural activity at present which is decreasing day by day. Serious labour crises are being found during the planting and harvesting season in the region, he added.
So, the government is trying to popularise agri-machinery among the farmers and has been giving subsidies to the farmers for farm mechanisation.
BARI has developed 50 different agricultural machines which are suitable for the small scale farming community of Bangladesh.
Simultaneously, FMPED has been implementing a project to meet the national demand for increasing mechanization level in agriculture.
“We are focusing on development of entrepreneurs of agricultural machinery besides increasing the number of manufacturers and adoption level of agricultural machinery,” he added.