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IPM increases crop output, improves environment: experts

IPM increases crop output, improves environment: experts

Experts at the inaugural ceremony of a Farmers’ Field School (FFS) have stressed for adoption of Integrated Pests’ Management (IPM)
method that increases crop output at reduced costs improving environment.They were addressing the ceremony arranged in village Faridabad under Betdighee union of Fulabri upazila in Dinajpur on Thursday by World Vision Bangladesh (WVB) under its Fulbari Area Development Programme (ADP) to inaugurate the FSS there.With inauguration of this FSS in village Faridabad, farmers of Aladipur, Eluari, Kazihal and Betdighee unions under Fulbari upazila have been getting now necessary services and information on agriculture from four FFSs set up in these unions by WVB.The NGO has set up these FFSs in these unions to increase crop production at reduced costs and make agriculture more profitable through popularising adoption of IPM among the farmers also to improve environment, ecology and bio-diversity. With Agriculture Officer of Fulbari ADP of the NGO Arbindu Roy in the chair, Fulbari Upazila Agriculture Officer S M Nasim Hossain attended the ceremony as the chief guest and formally inaugurated the FFS and its activities in the area.Programme Officer of Fulabri ADP of WVB Badal Sangma and its Officer-in-Charge for Kazihal union Dr Gyanottar Chakma attended the ceremony as the special guests.More than 100 small and marginal farmers, including females, from different villages under Betdighee union of Fulbari upazila in Dinajpur district attended the ceremony.The speakers urged the farmers for expanded adoption of the IMP and integrated crop management methods to increase more hygienic crop production at reduced costs using natural ways and organic fertilisers avoiding use of chemicals and pesticides. The chief guest said the FFSs could be the main sources of agricultural information and latest technologies for the farmers to achieve more benefits by them through enhancing crop output to improve their livelihoods and ensure food security. –BSS, Rangpur