RANGPUR Expanded cultivation of high yielding and
stress tolerant crop varieties adopting conservation agriculture (CA) based
technologies could further increase food productivity for attaining
Talking to BSS agriculture experts said popularisation of CA based
technologies and mechanisation of agriculture among farmers would also
improve soil health and fertility along with reducing crop farming costs
making agri activities more profitable.
Agriculturist Dr. Md. Abdul Mazid who got the Independence Medal (food
security) last year said Bangladesh is currently producing over 3.60 crore
tonnes food annually making the nation self reliant on meeting food demand
for its 16 crore population.
The farmers have started reaping benefits from adoption of the eco
friendly CA based agricultural technologies and proven practices having no
adverse effects on environment ecology and bio diversity he said.
He said the government has taken various pragmatic steps to keep the growth
in food production increasing to further enhance food output by minimum 1.5
times within 2050 for feeding the countrys probable 22 crore population that
The sustainability in the agricultural systems incorporates concepts of
both resilience and persistence and addresses many wider economic social and
environmental outcomes to improve food productivity amid adverse impacts of
changing climate he said.
For a sustainable agriculture the nation must have to make productive use
of natures goods and services and improved technologies proven practices
knowledge and skills of farmers to solve common agricultural and natural
Expanded adoption of CA based technologies like integrated pests and
nutrient managements reduced tillage mechanisation of agriculture and
cultivation of less water consuming crops are inevitable for attaining
sustainable agriculture he said.
The nation can achieve its sustainable food security through disseminating
and popularising CA based agriculture technologies at farmers level to
further increase crop production amid adverse impacts of climate change.
He put emphasis on quicker dissemination of the latest CA based
technologies among farmers with increased subsidies for easier procurement of
the necessary machineries inputs spares and other materials to facilitate
the process at field levels.
Adoption of these latest CA based technologies and proven practices has
already started helping farmers to increase crop yield save water
facilitate crop intensification and remunerative markets for their produce
Dr. Mazid added.
Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh
Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said adoption of CA based technologies improves
nutrient and fertiliser managements and reduces costs for labours fuel and
The farmers are reaping benefits from using CA based technologies like
minimum or zero tillage with power tiller operated seeder machines direct
seeded rice bed planting in light texture soil Alternate Wetting and
Drying (AWD) irrigation method he said.
Talking to BSS Chairman of Rangpur based research organisation North
Bengal Institute of Development Studies Agriculturist Dr. Syed Samsuzzaman
stressed on large scale adoption of CA based technologies and mechanisation
He stressed on quicker delivery of CA based technologies and providing
necessary training to farmers to make farm activities more profitable for
Additional Director of Department of Agriculture Extension for Rangpur
agriculture region Agriculturist Muhammad Ali said adoption of CA based
technologies reduces number of irrigations while farming Boro rice on crop
fields and production costs.
We have started quicker delivery of CA based technologies for system based
crop diversification to keep crop production increasing for ensuring food
security and attaining sustainability in agriculture Ali added.
Cultivation of flood tolerant drought tolerant cold tolerant hit
tolerant and disease tolerant crop varieties is expanding every year adopting
CA based technologies to increase food output in Rangpur agriculture region
as elsewhere in the country.
The crop intensity stood at 230.57 percent during 2016 2017 FY against 214
percent in 2008 2009 FY and the rising trend continues for adoption of CA
based technologies on way to attain sustainability in agriculture in Rangpur
region Ali added.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)