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Jabbar for introducing IoT in agriculture

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Posts, Telecommunications & ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar called on digital technology experts to play a leading role in revolutionising the agricultural economy of the country through using Internet of Things (IoT) devices in agriculture and fisheries sector.

The minister expressed his hope that the introduction of 5G technology will initiate revolutionary changes in the country’s agriculture, industry, health and other sectors.

He emphasised on the need to set up development and research centers with 5G technology in all the institutions of higher educations, engineering universities, and the organisations under the Department of Posts and Telecommunications.    Mustafa Jabbar came up with this observation while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of the 4th International Conference on Telecommunications and Photonics at BUET in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Three-day conference is organised by IEE Communications Bangladesh Chapter International in collaboration with BUET's EEE Department.

The minister also said that the role of concerned teachers and students involved in technology education is immense to keep the wheel of technology moving.

He also put stressed on the need for further research on digital technologies including IoT, AI, robotics, blockchain and the need to build skilled human resources in these technologies.

Mustafa Jabbar stated that after overcoming hundreds of years of backwardness in technology in the past, Bangladesh today has become a country producing and exporting technology devices.

He informed that now Bangladesh is exporting computers, mobiles, laptops, IoT and internet bandwidth to Nepal, America, Nigeria Saudi Arabia and India.

63 per cent of the demand for mobile phones in the country is being met from our mobile factories, he added.

Bandwidth will soon be exported to Malaysia and Bhutan, said the former head of various digital tradebodies, including BCS and BASIS.

BUET VC highlighted the role of telecom sector in the development of digital technology and said that we need the cooperation of telecom sector for further research and innovation in this sector. He mentioned that the telecom sector would be very effective in sending their students to industrial attachments.