Agriculture minister Begum Matia Chowdhury on Tuesday stressed the need for using bio-pesticide through reducing dependency on different chemical pesticides in agricultural production to ensure safe food and nutrition.
‘We should give emphasis on the usage of bio-pesticides instead of spraying different types of chemical pesticides,’ said the minister while addressing a discussion on ‘Regional training programme on integrated pest management in SAARC member states’ at ministry conference room here.
The minister said the random use of toxic synthetic chemical pesticide in the country before the period of 2008 had increased resulting in production cost as well as cost of foods.
But the present government has taken various initiatives to develop integrated pest management technology in order to reduce dependency on the chemical pesticides for pest management since 2009, she added.
Even the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute has already developed different bio-pest management strategies for controling various pesticides of the crops, the minister added.
Matia told the discussion that Bangladesh has achieved tremendous success in achieving food autarky despite the shrinking of the arable land.
In 2015-16, country’s maize production has reached to 2.76 trillion tonnes.
The potato production has increased 3.6 times more during last 40 years since our independence between 1971 and 2011, said the minister, adding that the vegetable production has also increased 7.9 times higher between 1971 and 2013.
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