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Govt puts importance on mechanisation of agriculture: Experts

RANGPUR, Feb 06, 2017 (BSS) - The present government puts due importance on mechanisation of agriculture to make farm-activities more profitable by increasing crop yields reducing production costs in attaining sustainable food security.

Agriculture experts said this at a ceremony arranged by the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) for distribution of agro-machineries free of costs under Integrated Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security Project at Chilmari town in Kurigram on Sunday afternoon.

A total of six power thresher machines, six swallow machines (low lift power pumps) and three power spare machines were distributed among six groups of farmers from all six unions under Chilmari upazila in the ceremony.

Chilmari Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mirja Murad Hassan Beg attended the ceremony and distributed the agriculture machineries as the chief guest with Upazila Agriculture Officer Agriculturist Khaledur Rahman in the chair.

Editor of the Weekly Juger Khabar SM Nurul Amin Sarker, Professor Nazmul Huda Parvez, Sub-assistant Agriculture Officers Kabirul Islam and Sayed Hossain Ansari addressed as special guests. A large number of farmers, upazila level officials of different government and non-governmental development organisations, public representatives, civil society members and local elite were present.

The speakers said that the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had been working sincerely for modernising and development of the agriculture sector to increase food production and ensure welfare of the farmers.

Agriculturist Khaledur Rahman said the country already achieved epoch-making success in increasing crop production following pragmatic and time-befitting steps taken by the present pro-farmer government. "Mechanisation of agriculture and dissemination of modern technologies among farmers have already become effective in increasing crop production to make the country self-sufficient on food and ensure national food security," he said.

The chief guest said the present government always put importance on keeping crop production increasing through mechanisation of agriculture, ensuring optimum use of cultivable land and latest technologies in the agriculture sector.

"Expanded use of innovative agricultural technologies has increased our food production several times in recent times despite decreasing cultivable land area already turning Bangladesh into a food exporting nation," he said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)