India’s river water withdrawal affects groundwater recharge: minister

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:18, May 19,2019


Agriculture minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque told a seminar on Saturday that indiscriminate withdrawal of water from all the transborder rivers upstream by India was seriously affecting agriculture and groundwater recharge in Bangladesh.
‘Violating international laws on transborder rivers, India continues withdrawing water for irrigation for which river systems in Bangladesh are being seriously affected,’ he told the seminar on ‘Climate change: challenges in agriculture’ at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh.
The seminar was jointly organised by the institution, Agriculture Information Service and Bangladesh Climate Change Journalists Forum.
The minister said that scarcity of river water had manifold impacts, including depletion of groundwater table affecting agriculture seriously.
He said that negotiation on the issue with India continued and the government had taken incentives programmes to facilitate the agriculture sector to overcome all changes.
‘On patronisations, agriculture scientists are doing researches to invent high yielding and climate-resilient crops,’ he said.
Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation chairman Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad suggested that the government should form a commission for agriculture and land for mitigating climate change and other problems.
Earlier, former agriculture secretary Anwar Faruque, Agriculture Information Service director M Nurul Islam, Bangladesh Climate Change Journalist Forum publicity secretary Prasun Ashish discussed on impact of climate change on agriculture at the seminar presided over by institution president AKMA Hamid.

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