USAID to launch multi-year project in Bangladesh to promote growth through energy

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The project will not only reduce emissions but also will improve living standards for the people of Bangladesh USAID will soon launch a multi-year project of up to $17 million in Bangladesh, called “Bangladesh Advancing Development and Growth through Energy (BADGE),” subject to the availability of funds. This multi-year initiative will work to expand Bangladeshis’ […]

Farming for the future

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We must look into alternatives that require less space but a more efficient way to produce vegetables and fruits Last year I had an opportunity to feature an organization (Green Savers), that worked with providing a sustainable solution for growing food, especially for the urban population. With an ever-growing number of inhabitants in the major […]

Breeders developing doubly resistant brinjal varieties

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Bt brinjal, a genetically modified eggplant variety, was developed to fight fruit and shoot borer (FSB) that used to cause colossal crop loss Reaz Ahmad/Dhaka Tribune Fruit and shoot borer-resistant Bt brinjal reaches out to 65,000 farmers in 7 years, work underway to achieve bacterial wilt resistance   Starting with only 20 farmers in 2014, […]

Introduction of X-ray into breeding process a game-changer

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X-ray fluorescence labs are now pivotal for faster breeding of zinc rice in Bangladesh Courtesy X-ray fluorescence labs set up in 15 countries including one in Bangladesh helps develop nutritious crops Introduction of x-ray fluorescence (XRF) machine into crop breeding process is a game-changer. The XRF, commonly used in the mining industry, is now being […]

OP-ED: The power-tiller race

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In many people’s mind, the story of Bangladesh’s agricultural transformation is largely a story of the shift towards high-yielding varieties of rice and a few other crops Shykh Siraj, the well-known TV personality who tells stories of exciting innovations in the villages of Bangladesh, has a YouTube channel with more than 800 videos.  The other […]

Bangladeshi apparel makers aligning production process with SDGs

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Almost 100 per cent of the factories hired workers or employees from the local community from entry to top-levels depending on the job description, the survey found Bangladeshi apparel makers are aligning their production process with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to attain the targets within the stipulated time frame, according to a recent survey. […]

OP-ED: The entrepreneurial farmers

OP-ED: The entrepreneurial farmers

Until the end of the 1980s, the acreage devoted to all three crops had similar trends, i.e., a modest increase Consider the following charts. These show the separate trajectories of three crops, sugarcane, potatoes and vegetables in the years since independence.  The first shows the trends in acreage devoted to these crops and the second […]

Farm loan recovery rise amid pandemic

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In the first seven months of fiscal 2020-21, lenders recovered over Tk 16,000 crore, up about 18.7% from a year earlier When large borrowers are grumbling about the withdrawal of loan moratorium facility, farmers have been dutifully servicing their credit despite having the option not to pay. In the first seven months of fiscal 2020-21, […]

It is the agriculture sector that has powered Bangladesh’s growth

It is the agriculture sector that has powered Bangladesh’s growth

Say the country’s eminent economists Massive transformation in the agriculture sector, microfinance, robust remittance inflows and the emergence of an autonomous entrepreneurial class have contributed to Bangladesh’s economic growth over the past 50 years, said economists.  Bangladesh inherited a fragile economy following independence, said Rehman Sobhan, founder and chairman of the Centre for Policy Dialogue, […]

OP-ED: Building Asia-Pacific’s sustainable ocean economy

Fishing boats docked in a port in Khura Buri on the Andaman Sea in Thailand, where overfishing has become an environmental problem Bigstock If fully implemented, December’s pledge could kickstart an unprecedented shift toward ocean management Unprecedented might be just the most used adjective of 2020, and too often for dire reasons.  Yet, the end […]