It’s essential to conduct more research on our local fruits and local items, says the premier
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.
“It’s essential to conduct more research on our local fruits and local items. It needs to expand the market of local items by conducting more research on those.
“I think our local items are tastier,” she said while unveiling the cover of a book titled “100 Krishi Projokti Atlas” at a function in Dhaka.
The prime minister unwrapped the cover of the book and then addressed the event held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) published the atlas with 100 agricultural technologies, marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
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 the 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.
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.
Presided over by Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, the event was addressed by Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture Ministry Matia Chowdhury, Agriculture Senior Secretary Md Mesbahul Islam, and BARC Executive Chairman Dr Shaikh Mohammad Bokhtiar.
A documentary over the 100 agricultural technologies was screened at the function.
Agricultural scientists, divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners, and field-level agriculture officers were connected with the virtual function.
In this context, she mentioned that the retirement age is not a problem anymore for researchers in the universities as the age-ceiling was increased there.
Sheikh Hasina said enough research works have been done in the agriculture sector and agricultural institutes have already been strengthened with increased manpower.
“But,” she said, “We’re giving the highest importance to research.
“We’ll have to give more importance to research as our population is growing.”
Mentioning that Bangladesh’s soil is very fertile, she emphasized plans, more studies, and adequate laboratories for increasing the quality of agricultural goods in a bid to export these to the foreign markets alongside meeting the local demand.
The prime minister also stressed the need for the development of agriculture-based industries as the country’s economy is largely dependent on agriculture.
“We’ll develop such industries. We’ll have to boost our production, process agricultural goods, supply those to local markets, and export to foreign ones.”
Mentioning that now 100 economic zones are being set up across Bangladesh, she said it will have to arrange such local and foreign investments in the industrial zones so that locally-produced agriculture goods can be used as raw materials or can be processed there in a bid to export those to foreign markets.
Besides, she said, it needs to increase local demand for the country’s agricultural goods raising the purchasing power of people.
The premier said her government has already been able to ensure food security and it has now been working to achieve nutrition security in the country.