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14 September, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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Latest technology for boosting crop output

If the growers lose interest in growing rice it will leave an adverse impact on the country’s overall food production
Latest technology for boosting crop output

Innovation and adoption of time-befitting latest agriculture technologies can increase crop production at reduced costs despite adverse impacts of climate change to ensure food security. According to a report of this newspaper on Monday, adoption of latest technologies can make farm activities more profitable along with improving environment, soil health and fertility. Emphasis should be given on adaptation to global climate change and its adverse impacts on the agriculture sector for increasing crop production for ensuring food security.

It is heartening to note that crop production in the country has increased substantially over the past few years. Population explosion and the shrinkage of arable lands could not leave any adverse impact on the crop production in the country. Untiring efforts by farmers and others concerned and the modern method of crop cultivation have contributed to this success.

Now crop production should be increased further for meeting the growing requirements. It is encouraging that Bangladesh has made some meaningful efforts to minimise the adverse impact of climate change. Apart from government initiatives, all stakeholders, including environmentalists, conscious people and NGOs should put in their utmost efforts to minimise the adverse impact of climate change.  

Farmers should be imbued with the zeal to produce more crops to feed the growing population. The government should identify the problems facing the farmers and try to solve those with due emphasis. Many farmers have to borrow money from moneylenders at high rate of interest. As a result, the cost of production of rice goes up. What is disappointing for the growers is that they do not get the due price of their produced rice. If the growers lose interest in growing rice it will leave an adverse impact on the country’s overall food production.

It is time to go for mechanisation of agriculture and popularisation of conservation agriculture (CA)-based technologies to reduce crop duration, ensure better nutrient and fertiliser management to reduce expenditure for labours, fuel and irrigation water. The government should do more for improving the condition of the farmers who should be provided with bank loans on easy terms and conditions. Besides, they should be supplied with agricultural inputs like improved seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. They should also be imparted training on the modern method of cultivation. Field officers of the agriculture department can monitor and supervise the activities of farmers.     

 

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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