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Dhaka, Wednesday   21 April 2021

We want to give agricultural scientists more incentives: PM

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:53 PM, 4 February 2021   Updated: 04:20 PM, 4 February 2021

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was addressing the cover unveiling ceremony of “The 100 Agro Technologies Atlas” published by Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC). - PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was addressing the cover unveiling ceremony of “The 100 Agro Technologies Atlas” published by Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC). - PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked agricultural scientists to conduct further research over local fruits and agricultural items to expand the market for those. For that, the government want to give agricultural scientists more incentives, she added. 

"It's essential to conduct more research on our local fruits and local items. It needs to expand the market of local items conducting more research on those. I think our local items are tastier," she said. 

Sheikh Hasina said the retirement age in government services has appeared a problem for those who are engaged in research. "We need to do something for agricultural scientists. We want to give them more incentives," she said asking the authorities concerned to place proposals over how the incentives can be given to the scientists. 

The premier said this at the cover unveiling ceremony of “The 100 Agro Technologies Atlas” at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC), joining virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban this morning. 

Noting that the government is giving importance to agriculture, she said they want to give more scopes for agricultural researchers.

The Prime Minister asked the researchers to prepare the crop zoning map identifying the high-yielding zones of different crops across the country.

Mentioning the necessity of setting up more regional laboratories to make the agriculture products more quality-full, she said the zone mapping is essential for more and high-quality production as Bangladesh is a delta where each variety of crops could be yielded high depending on soil, water, weather and environment in each area.

“We should find out a research method for the zone mapping,” she said, adding it should kept in your (researchers) mind that production is needed to be increased as size of domestic market is being expanded and the same time export of these products is needed for the development of the country.

Besides, the government is also establishing 100 special economic zones across the country where the local raw materials, especially the local agro products, would be given priority for processing to export abroad, she said.

She went on saying, “If we could arrange both local and foreign investment prioritizing area-based products, people of the country would be benefited financially along with increasing the number of export items.”

Sheikh Hasina said the economy of the country depends on agriculture and the government prioritizes agro-based industry and these types of industrialization are needed for the progress of the country.

Seeking researchers’ cooperation, she said measures have to be taken keeping in mind that Bangladesh’s economy is agro-based and its production needs to be boosted and processed to grab both domestic and foreign markets.

Pointing out the increased food grains production as the outcome of the research, the premier said, “Without research, none is possible to achieve and it is the reality. We can move further if you (researchers) take more initiatives.”

She hoped the agriculture production, processing and marketing along with other things could be made more technology-based through research.

Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, MP, chaired the ceremony while senior secretary of the ministry Md. Mesbahul Islam gave the welcome speech.

Fisheries and livestock minister S M Rezaul Karim, MP and chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on ministry of agriculture Matia Chowdhury, MP, spoke on the occasion as special guests. Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) executive chairman Dr Shaikh Mohammad Bokhtiar and successful agro entrepreneur Md Rafikul Islam also spoke.

BARC published the 100 Agro Technologies Atlas.

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