Strict policy on importing wild life a must

Single certification body needed to facilitate food export

THE reported commercial farming of invasive fish is likely to further endanger the aquatic biodiversity unless the government takes immediate steps against it. A probe report of the Department of Fisheries has found that the highly invasive suckermouth catfish, globally recognised for rapidly degrading aquatic ecology and biodiversity, is in commercial production in Bangladesh. The […]

Commercial production of suckermouth catfish in Bangladesh causes concern

Single certification body needed to facilitate food export

The highly invasive suckermouth catfish, globally recognised for rapidly degrading aquatic ecology and biodiversity, is in commercial production in Bangladesh, revealed a government probe. The alien fish, once introduced for ornamental purposes for aquarists, is now naturally breeding and is found in almost all water bodies except in the coastal areas, a government probe said. […]

No miniket rice exists in Bangladesh, finds govt study

Protect smallholding farmers to build decent Bangladesh: experts

All varieties of miniket rice and most of the najirshail variety found on the market across Bangladesh are actually over-polished coarse varieties of rice, found a recent government study. Capitalising on people’s preference for fine white rice, traders and millers collect different varieties of coarse paddies or rice and hugely polish them before marketing them […]

Rainless nor’wester with hot wind leaves vast rice fields scalded

Protect smallholding farmers to build decent Bangladesh: experts

Vast rice fields in 10 northern and western Bangladesh districts which endured waves of hot wind for about three hours during a rainless nor’wester Sunday afternoon are turning white with their panicles and leaves scorched, according to farmers and government offices. An overall estimate of the areas or farmers affected was still not available as […]

Protect smallholding farmers to build decent Bangladesh: experts

Protect smallholding farmers to build decent Bangladesh: experts

The reformation of agriculture must begin with creating an agricultural system in which smallholding farmers will easily survive beside big farm holders, agriculturists and economists said at a webinar on Saturday. Warning that technological efficiency of smallholding farmers was decreasing in Bangladesh, they said that the disappearance of these farmers may not help build a […]

Costly coaching staff bears little fruit

Costly coaching staff bears little fruit

A file photo from February 1, 2021 shows Bangladesh cricket team head coach Russell Domingo (R) talking to batting coach Jon Lewis (C) and bowling coach Ottis Gibson (L) during a training session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. — AFP photo Bangladesh cricket team boasts of a long list of high profile […]

Frog, duck, fish for mosquito control decried

Frog, duck, fish for mosquito control decried

The Dhaka South City Corporation’s recent initiative to farm frogs, ducks and fishes to control mosquitoes biologically would not be effective in the urban areas as aedes would not be controlled through such initiatives while the rainy season threatens dengue outbreak, said entomologists. They said that aedes, responsible for dengue fever, usually breeds in clean […]

Agri, leather sectors’ trade bodies seek tax benefits

WB approves $120m loan for improving food security in Bangladesh

Trade bodies from agriculture and leather sectors on Sunday demanded a number of tax benefits, including withdrawal of source tax on procurement of agro-products and reduction in corporate tax, in the forthcoming national budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022. At a pre-budget discussion with the National Board of Revenue, the associations sought the tax benefits […]

50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE: Voice of the young generation

50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE: Voice of the young generation

Amid escalating number of cases of COVID-19, Bangladesh has celebrated the 50th anniversary of independence with 10-day long festivities. On this occasion, today’s youth from different professional and ideological backgrounds reflected on the last decades and talked about their expectation from the country with New Age Youth Bangladesh is celebrating the 50th anniversary of independence […]

Indigenous people’s right

Indigenous people’s right

— New Age HISTORICALLY, people of this land have intimate relationship with forests. The Maitai, Manipuri, Mandi or the Bengalis, their canonical literatures revolved around forests. In the Mahabharata, when the god of fire, Agni, lost his appetite, he was prescribed to eat forest-burnt meat (bonpora mangsa). Agni consumed the Khandava forest, which burned for […]