Speakers at an international convention on sustainable farming urged agriculturists in Bangladesh for establishing an agricultural marketing system that ensures legitimate profit to farmers.
They said on Saturday that they were worried about farmers losing interest in producing crops due to the uncertainty over getting a legitimate price for their products.
‘To make agriculture profitable for farmers, agriculturists need to be as innovative as they have been in inventing technologies for increasing crop production,’ said chairman of parliamentary standing committee on finance ministry Abdur Razzak.
He called on agriculturists to work hard to add value to agricultural commodities so that farmers do not find themselves in trouble after having bumper production of a crop, which happens often in the country.
Razzak, speaking at the convention organised by Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh in Dhaka in the afternoon, reiterated his government’s promise to keep investing in agriculture so that farmers’ production cost stays within an affordable limit.
Health minister Mohammad Nasim drew attention of several hundred agriculturists attending the convention to the potential threat on public health from application of pesticides.
‘It is natural that the use of pesticides would increase from the need to produce more,’ said Nasim.
‘But we have to keep it in mind that it may have an impact on public health,’ he added.
Nasim also informed the gathering that the government was committed to hold national election on time being respectful of the constitutional binding of holding it once in every five years.
‘I request opposition BNP to participate in it as it will be free and fair,’ said Nasim.
Four papers were presented on the inaugural day of the two-day convention on efficient use of fertilisers, challenges facing fisheries and livestock sectors and agricultural pricing by experts from Bangladesh, India and USA.
The convention was inaugurated by prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the morning.
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