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Stress on improving crop resistance to adverse weather

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 6 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Stress on improving crop resistance to adverse weather

Agriculture Minister Dr. Abdur Razzaque said the government is working to produce crop in adverse weather and lands like coastal, saline, haor and Chittagong hill tracts.

He said the government placed the highest importance on this to ensure a sustainable food security and nutrition for the growing population.

“Food security has been achieved in the country during the tenure of the present agri-friendly government. The government is now working tirelessly to ensure the nutritional security of all people,” the minister said.

“But with the decline of cultivable land, the growing population and the adverse effects of climate change, the food security is the biggest challenge,” he said.

Agriculture minister made the remarks while addressing a seminar on the occasion of "World Soil Day 2021" at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon in Dhaka.

This year the theme of the day is “Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity” with a motive to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being.

The minister said, “Salinity is a big problem in the country. Climate change is likely to increase salinity.”

“In this situation, in order to keep the food production system stable and sustainable, cultivable varieties and production tech nologies have to be developed and disseminated in the saline lands of coastal and southern areas.”

“We are working on a priority basis. Our agricultural scientists have been able to develop improved varieties of salinity tolerant crops,” the minister said.

He said, “The work is underway to rapidly expand the varieties and production technologies among farmers.”

Speaking as a special guest, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin said, “There is no alternative but to make people aware of the harmful effects of climate change, including salinity, in overcoming various problems.”

“Science-based sustainable agricultural practices and technological innovations must be brought to sustain agricultural production in the saline areas of the country. Investment and research should be increased to prevent soil erosion,” he stressed.

The environment minister said, “In order to continue the economic development of the country, it is necessary to maintain good soil health for producing more crops from the limited land.”

He said, “Due to the continuous use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, the biodiversity, including fish, are being destroyed in the country’s rivers and streams.” “It is having a serious impact on human beings as well as plants.  Soil health needs to be ensured by involving the people by raising public awareness on tackling soil salinity and protecting biodiversity,” Shahab Uddin said.

The discussion was presided over by Director General of Soil Resources Development Institute Bidhan Kumar Bhandar.

The seminar was also attended, among others, by Senior Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture Mesbahul Islam and heads of various departments and organisations under the ministry.