Int’l confce on ‘Conservation Agri for Smallholders’ at BAU

Int’l confce on ‘Conservation Agri for Smallholders’ at BAU

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Mymensingh – A three-day long second conference on ‘Conservation Agriculture for mallholders’ began at Syed Nazrul Islam Bhavan of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) on Tuesday in Mymemsingh.
BAU pro-VC Prof Dr Jasimuddin Khan inaugurated the conference as chief guest with Prof Dr Lutful Hasan in the chair.Scientists and experts expressed that the national benefit of Bangladesh can exceed 72 million US dollar per year if 10 percent of farmers would practice conservation agriculture.
They also said that small scale mechanization will lower the crop production cost, establish 2-3 times greater crop production area and increase the profit by 14-100% in smallholder farmers.
Research reveals that 50-85% fuel costs and 15-55% labor cost for sowing crops and up to 82% carbon di oxide emission can be reduced by practicing conservation agriculture. The crop yield can also be increased by up to 40% in this system of crop production.
In the keynote presentation, Prof Dr Richard Bell of Murdoch University of Australia said that Bangladesh has been developing conservation agriculture for small farmers for 20 years but the adoption of full conservation agriculture is just begun.
Conservation Agriculture (CA) is a set of soil management practices that minimize the disruption of the soil's structure, composition and natural biodiversity. CA has proven potential to improve crop yields, while improving the long-term environmental and financial sustainability of farming.
A total of 50 researchers and agricultural organization have been awarded for their contributions to establishing conservation agriculture in Bangladesh.
A total 280 teachers and researchers from country and abroad will be mixing with from Bangladesh in the conference. – BAU Correspondent

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