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16 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Tech-based eco-friendly agriculture

Tech-based eco-friendly agriculture

The president has rightly asked local agriculture researchers to develop tech-based sustainable agricultural methods. He made the observation on occasion of the Krishibid Day, 2018 arranged by the Krishibid Institute, Bangladesh. Since Bangladesh is basically an agriculture-based country with main crops produced in the villages, inventing new ways to boost production will help the country get over any nutrition deficiency that may be present in the rural areas.

While we call for technology that can give us flood plus natural disaster prone crops, it has to be admitted that since the precarious days in the decades after the liberation war when hunger was a major social affliction, this country has come a long way.

Deaths caused by starvation or lack of food are rare. This is indeed a success to highlight, though there cannot be any room for complacency because Bangladesh is at the extreme edge of climate change vulnerability. On one hand, this country has managed to tackle food shortage with remarkable results; however, on the other, due to ravaging of nature topped with unplanned urbanization with little thought about ecological ramifications, Bangladesh is facing the caprices of climate change.

The intensity of summer with erratic winter plus unpredictable monsoon marked by extreme spells in some year and non-existence of seasonal features in others underline how the weather pattern here is affected by our blatant disregard for safeguarding environment. Therefore, all new agri-based research must keep the ecological factor at the top. The rampant usage of chemical fertilizer leaves large swathes of land unusable for further production while usage of too much chemical for fast yields turn crops, vegetables unhealthy for long term consumption.

To make the entire agro-based commercial enterprise in Bangladesh sustainable, the first focus should be the small villages. Already several development organisations are sensitizing farmers about the need to adopt green technology.

Sadly, every year during drives by mobile courts in our kitchen markets, presence of harmful substances is found in most food items.

Lured by the prospect of quick profit, chemicals that trigger fast development of crops plus vegetables, are used by most farmers. This trend needs to be countered first; once farmers realize the need for organic fertilizer the agri sector will automatically become more sustainable. The culprit here is the tendency to make a swift profit at the expense of the nation’s health. Once this is dealt with, other changes will follow.      

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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