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Modern agri-tech for increasing crop production stressed

RANGPUR, March 9, 2017 (BSS) -Experts at a ceremony have stressed on proper dissemination of the modern agriculture technologies among the farmers to increase crop production for ensuring national food security amid changing climate.

They came up with the opinion at inaugural ceremony of five-day 'District Agriculture Technology Fair-2017' organised by the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) at Collectorate ground in Lalmonirhat district town on Wednesday.

Hundreds of farmers, officials and experts of different agriculture related departments, representatives of different farmers' organisations, teachers, students, youths, socio-cultural activists, civil society members, local and elite were present.

The Integrated Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security Project (IANFSP) of the DAE extended financial assistance in arranging the fair to create necessary awareness and disseminating latest agriculture technologies among the farmers.

Different departments, organisations and corporations under the Ministry of Agriculture, NGOs and private bodies have set up 30 stalls in the fair displaying the latest agriculture technologies, machineries, equipments and products.

Member of the Parliament from reserved constituency Advocate Safura Begum Rumi inaugurated the fair by cutting ribbon and visited different stalls and addressed a discussion in the launching ceremony as the chief guest.

With Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) of Lalmonirhat Rezaul Alam in the chair, Police Super Rashidul Haque, Captain (Retd) Azizul Haque Bir Pratik, Deputy Director of the DAE Bibhuti Bhushan Roy and Additional DD Hamidur addressed as special guests.

The agriculturists said the country already achieved huge success in the agriculture sector increasing crop production following various pragmatic steps taken by the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The chief guest said this government always put maximum emphasis on keeping crop production increasing by ensuring optimum use of cultivable land and adapting to climate change that was posing threat on the agriculture sector.

"The farmers are now producing 30 to 32 mounds of paddy per bigha of land using modern technologies in place of 10 to 12 mounds in the pasts and the government has been providing subsidies toward the directions," she said.

She called upon the agriculture officials, scientists, researchers and farmers for ensuring large-scale adoption of modern technologies to increase crop output consistently amid changing climate for attaining sustainable national food security.