Ensure sustainable agri-development: President

GAZIPUR - President Abdul Hamid today urged agriculture scientists, researchers and others concerned to ensure sustainable agricultural development by applying their acquired knowledge, efficiency and inner potentialities.

"Don't forget the agriculture, its sources . . . Rather keep engaged in inventing a sustainable method and technology to ensure a new revolution in country's agriculture sector," he said while addressing the 3rd convocation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU) here this afternoon.

The President further called upon all concerned to stand beside the farmers to encourage them for production as well as to ensure a fair price of their crops including potato, mangoes, tomato and other seasonal fruits.

Abdul Hamid, also the chancellor of the university, stressed the farmer-friendly invention and new technology so that those technologies can be used in the easiest way in practical life.

At the outset of the speech, the President paid rich tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, freedom fighters who made supreme sacrifice in the 1971 Liberation War, language movement heroes and other martyrs of different democratic movements in different times.

Referring to the expansion of higher education countrywide, he said the prime object of the higher education is to flourish humanity, build skilled manpower and ensure the welfare of the country and its people.

The President said, "The population of the country is on the rise while the agricultural land is decreasing gradually and we have to think about how we can do progress adjusting these two issues."

Considering the above mentioned issue as a burning problem, he suggested the authorities concerned of all agricultural universities take pragmatic steps in running the academic activities of the universities.

President Hamid, who introduced himself as a son of a farmer and a father of an agriculturist, thanked the BSMRAU authority for maintaining quality education system and research activities amid introducing North American-based academic curriculum here.

The existing education system of the agriculture university, a centre of excellence, and the progress of its overall research activities in the meantime gained appreciation from both home and abroad.

He urged the university teachers to play a pioneering role to make time-befitting the education system and emphasized the plan-wise development works in agriculture including crops, livestock, fisheries and forest.

President Hamid also greeted the university teachers and researchers who achieved milestone achievements in sequencing the genomes of 30 crops.

"The innovative power and capability is a key element to materialize hopes and aspiration of the country and the nation," he observed.

Pointing out the expansion of information technology worldwide, the President said, "We must bear in mind that without flourishing the ICT sector, the use of knowledge in development is impossible."

He expressed grave concern over the negative impact of climate change on agriculture, saying, "It's a big challenge for Bangladesh to face the negative impact of climate change that is inviting natural calamities."

The President underscored the need for finding a sustainable way to face drought, flood and other negative impacts of climate change.

Recalling the contribution of Bangabandhu in agriculture sector, the President said Bangabandhu upgraded the jobs of agriculture graduates in the government services to Class-I status in 1973 as he understood that no sustainable growth of a country was possible keeping the agriculture out of the development process.

He said the Father of the Nation, in his whole life, cherished a dream to establish a non-communal, hunger-free and poverty-free Sonar Bangla.

Welcoming the graduates on this very auspicious day, President Hamid asked the students to recall the contribution of parents, and teachers with due respect to reach them (students) to this position.

"You will always uphold the moral values, conscience and patriotism. You must play an active role to realise the hopes and aspiration of the nation by dint of your merit, intelligence and performance," he added.

The President advised the students not to bow to any offences and untrue elements and not to forget this country and its people wherever they stay across the world.

BSMRAU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Mahbubur Rahman, convocation speaker and chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof Abdul Mannan, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque and BSMRAU treasurer Prof Dr Ismail Hossain Miah were also present.

The University conferred degrees on 1,313 students in the convocation while 11 students got gold medals for their outstanding academic performance.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)