Food Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque on Friday urged the agronomists and
researchers to reach the new varieties of crops and agricultural
technologies to the doorsteps of the farmers to boost crop production
and thus meet the increased demand of food of the country’s growing
“If the new crop varieties and technologies could be reached to the
farmers’ level, the farm output will get a tremendous boost,” he told
the inaugural session of a daylong conference at the city’s Barc
Bangladesh Society of Agronomy (BSA) organised the conference, titled
‘Agronomic Research for Enhancing Sustainable Crop Production’.
Executive director of Advance Chemical Industries (ACI) Dr FH Ansarey,
BSA president Dr M Rafiqul Islam Mondal, its general secretary Dr Nur
Ahmed Khondaker and vice president Dr MA Karim, among others,
addressed the function.
Speaking as the chief guest, Dr Razzaque said poverty is a big problem
for the country and many problems will be resolved if poverty could be
He said about 80 percent of the country’s people live in villages and
they are directly or indirectly involved in agriculture. “Poverty
could be eradicated by developing the agriculture sector.”
Highlighting the state of the country’s food security, the Food
Minister said the government has taken a number of initiatives to
bring down poverty rate to 15 percent by 2021. “We’ve already attained
food security apart from achieving the targets of MDGs,” he added.
After assuming power, Dr Razzaque said, the government in its first
cabinet meeting reduced the prices of all non-urea fertilisers to help
the farmers increase their farm output.
He said as the government has taken steps to mobilise resources at all
levels, the rural economy is now in a batter shape compared to that of
the last thousand years of the country’s history. “Now nobody goes to
sleep without taking food…all children go to the school.”
The Food Minister stressed the need for attracting all brilliant
students and professionals in agriculture sector to develop the
economy. “If the brilliants could not be brought into agriculture
sector, it is quite impossible to develop this sector.”
About the researchers and scientists’ demand for raising their
retirement age, he said although the Prime Minister is very willing to
do that it could not yet be done for various reasons.
Bangladesh Society of Agronomy conferred its BSA Award 2013 upon three
agronomists at the inaugural session for their outstanding
contribution to the country’s agriculture.
They are Dr Mahbubul Karim, a former professor of Bangladesh
Agriculture University, associate director of Brac International Dr M
Abdul Mazid, and former director of Bangladesh Agricultural Research
Institute (BARI) Dr M Azizur Rahman.