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Farmers get farm tools at subsidised rates

Says Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 7 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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The government is providing combine harvesters and other agricultural machineries with reaper to the farmers at 50-70 percent subsidy, said Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque.

He said the farmers can afford to buy the equipment because of subsidy.

“Otherwise, only a small number of farmers could have bought a combine harvester at Tk 3 million,” the minister said.

He said the farmers can buy agricultural implements through cooperatives or associations.

The minister came up with the remarks while addressing a discussion meeting on National Cooperative Day.

The event was organised by Madhupur Upazila Cooperative Office and the co-operatives at Madhupur Upazila Parishad auditorium in Tangail on Saturday.

Earlier, Dr Abdur Razzaque participated in the Cooperative Day rally, inaugurated the expanded new building and library of Madhupur Upazila Parishad and distributed combine harvesters among the farmers.

“If Bangabandhu's cooperative movement and philosophy can be successfully utilised, it will be possible to ensure fair prices for farmers through further increasing agricultural production, processing and proper marketing in the country,” said the agriculture minister.

He said. “Father of the Nation Bangabandhu always spoke of cooperative movement and production system and in this cooperative no one will take the land of the farmers, but will produce in the land all together.”

“If Bangabandhu's cooperative philosophy can be implemented successfully, the production in the fragmented lands of the country will increase manifold, as well as the processing and proper marketing of the products will be possible,” he observed.

Dr. Razzaque said the ministry is working to produce pineapple in Madhupur using the opportunity fully.

He said improved varieties of pineapple saplings are being imported from the Philippines and this another 6 lakh pineapple saplings will be distributed in Madhupur.

The event was also attended by, among others, Upazilla Chairman Sharuwar Alam Khan Abu, Upazilla Nirbahi Officer Shamima Yasmin, Pouroshava Mayor Md Siddique Hossain Khan, Upazilla Awami League President Khandaker Shafiuddin, Senior Vice President Yakub Ali, Organising Secretary Abul Kalam Azad and Upazilla Vice Chairman Sharif Ahmmed Nasir.