4 European countries to get Rajshahi mangoes

4 European countries to get Rajshahi mangoes

Around 333 tonnes of mangoes from Rajshahi is expected to be exported to four European countries this season, officials said. Abdul Awal, deputy director of the Department of Agricultural Extension, confirmed, saying the mangoes will be exported to Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland. ‘We have selected four varieties — Khirshapat, Langra, Amropaly and Totamury — […]

Subsidies needed for organic fertiliser

Subsidies needed for organic fertiliser

— Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha AGRICULTURE is the main driving force of Bangladesh’s economy. The contribution of the agricultural sector to the country’s gross domestic product is about 14 per cent, but the total volume of agricultural production continues to grow. In order to achieve self-sufficiency and sustainability in the production of the entire agricultural product […]

Government must ensure equitable access of farmers to loans

Protect smallholding farmers to build decent Bangladesh: experts

BANKS are still far from completing farm loan disbursement by the deadline and meeting the annual target for the 2021 financial year. Despite repeated central bank reminders, the monthly average disbursement of farm loans remained behind the target in the first three quarters of the financial year. The central bank in its annual agricultural and […]

Drought dashes dreams of litchi growers in Kushtia

Protect smallholding farmers to build decent Bangladesh: experts

The arrival of the luscious fruit is a silver lining every summer — both for the connoisseurs as well as the cultivators of litchi in Bangladesh. However, this litchi season could well turn out to be disappointing, at least for the fruit growers in Kushtia’s Khoksha upazila because of something they had no control over […]

AMR could be more lethal than coronavirus: PM

AMR could be more lethal than coronavirus: PM

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said, if not contained properly, antimicrobial resistance will be more devastating than the coronavirus pandemic as it can endanger every living creature alongside food security and progress towards the SDGs. ‘The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining public health crisis of our time that has already […]

Government to assess use of biodegradable PP woven bags

Government to assess use of biodegradable PP woven bags

The government has decided to asses the option of using biodegradable PP woven bags for packaging of poultry and fish feeds amid strong protests from feed manufacturers against the mandatory use of jute bags for packaging of the products. The textiles and jute ministry has already formed an interministerial committee for recommendations on whether to […]

Dutch investors urged to invest in Bangladesh’s aquaculture

Dutch investors urged to invest in Bangladesh’s aquaculture

Dutch investors are urged to invest in the aquaculture sector of Bangladesh for steady growth and diversification as the country faces trouble in the sector due to the Covid-19 situation. On behalf of the embassy of the Netherlands in Dhaka, Larive International, and their Bangladeshi counterpart, LightCastle Partners, have concluded a study titled ‘Opportunities in […]

Bangladesh Bank lowers farm loan interest rate ceiling to 8pc

Bangladesh Bank lowers farm loan interest rate ceiling to 8pc

A file photo shows a farmer threshing paddy on the outskirts of Dhaka. The Bangladesh Bank on Thursday reduced the ceiling on agriculture loan interest rate by one percentage points to 8 per cent to support farmers to offset the Covid-induced economic shocks. — New Age photo The Bangladesh Bank on Thursday reduced the ceiling […]

International Mother Earth Day today

International Mother Earth Day today

International Mother Earth Day will be observed in Bangladesh and other countries today, with many people, wildlife and plant species facing threats to existence due to climate change and manmade disasters. One million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, as victims of climate change and other manmade disasters to […]

Ministries, divs partially open

Protect smallholding farmers to build decent Bangladesh: experts

A handful of officials and employees are now attending offices at the Bangladesh Secretariat to support emergency services under various ministries and divisions during the ongoing restrictions on public movement and overall activities aimed at containing the worsening Covid situation. The ministries of health, home affairs, information, food, relief, power and energy, civil aviation, shipping, […]