DHAKA, April 26, 2017(BSS) - The plan to complete mechanization of the country's agriculture sector has entered into the phase of implementation with handing over to farmers 6,004 farm equipment procured under an agreement with China, officials said today.
Officials familiar with the process said the farm equipment were procured under the deal, signed with China in December 2015, and distributed among farmers at Khamarbari yesterday as part of a roadmap for complete agro-mechanization.
They said the agriculture mechanization process would be implemented through 12 programmes in three phases to be completed in 2021, 2031 and 2041.
"The programmes will facilitate the gradual shift of manual labour to complete mechanization," agriculture secretary Mohammad Mainuddin Abdullah told the function marking the distribution of the equipment.
Chinese ambassador in Dhaka Ma Mingqiang also joined the function.
"The farm mechanization has become indispensable due to quick transition of farm labours into industries, transport, construction and other sectors, creating a critical situation in the agriculture sector," the secretary said.
He said the programme of mechanization include research and development, capacity increasing of the farm machine manufacturers, innovation of suitable farm machines and increased the capacity of the stakeholders.
He also pointed out that the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has reduced the import duty on spare parts of 14 agriculture machineries in line with the agriculture ministry's suggestions.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)