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Cabinet okays draft Bari Bill to streamline argi research

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The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of ‘The Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (Bari) Bill, 2016’ aiming to increase the capacity of the institute alongside streamlining its research activities.The approval was given at the regular weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters.
The Cabinet Secretary said Bari will conduct necessary researches on tackling the adverse impacts of climate change, innovating new varieties of crops adaptable to climate change and applying ICT in the agriculture sector.
Bari is run as per an ordinance promulgated during the military regime in 1976, he said adding that it was amended twice — in 1984 and in 1996.
According to an apex court verdict, all laws and ordinances promulgated during military regimes stand repealed and illegal as the court also asked for formulating the laws afresh in Bangla.
Shafiul Alam said the draft law has been formulated to cope with modern agricultural research activities as the world advanced a lot in agriculture sector using innovative ideas and newer technologies to boost production.
The Cabinet Secretary said there are 22 sections, including four new ones, in the draft law.
About Bari, he said its office will be located at Joydevpur, Gazipur while the Board could set up branch offices in other parts of the country subject to prior approval of the government.
Bari will have an 11-member Board of Directors with the DG of the institute as the Chairman to be appointed by the government, while its annual budget allocation, administrative work, audit and property management will be under the jurisdiction of the DG.
Its Board members are two agriculture scientists nominated by the Ministry of Agriculture, a representative of the ministry not below the rank of Deputy Secretary, a representative of the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council and a representative from a private organisation working on agricultural research.
The other Board directors will be nominated from various departments under the Ministry of Agriculture holding the positions of Director.
Explaining the activities of Bari, the Cabinet Secretary said it will formulate and approve detailed outlines of conducting research and take initiatives to innovate new varieties of crops and ensure stable agriculture research.
It will also provide necessary information and technology to the farmers as well as conduct researches on various problems related to agriculture, he said.
The Cabinet Secretary added that Bari will also arrange exhibition on new varieties of crops, publish annual reports and booklets on new crops, and provide necessary training to the researchers, officials and employees of the Agriculture Extension Department as well as facilitate postgraduate researches on agriculture.
The Cabinet also approved proposals to ratify the ‘Agreement between the government of Bangladesh and the State of Kuwait for the promotion and reciprocal protection of investment’ as well as the ‘Agreement on the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of investment between the governments of Bangladesh and Bahrain’.

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