Climate change makes agriculture most vulnerable

Staff Correspondent | Published at 12:00am on September 27, 2019

Agriculture in Bangladesh became most vulnerable facing heavy losses for the affects of climate change, agriculturists and agriculture researchers said on Thursday.

They stressed the need for adopting modern agricultural technologies to face the challenges emerged from climate change.

They made the remarks while speaking at the concluding session of a three-day training workshop for agricultural journalists, organised by Agricultural Information Services of the Department of Agricultural Extension at DAE conference room.

The department director general Abdul Muyeed at the concluding session of the workshop said due to adverse impact of climate change, frequent floods and storms were taking place in Bangladesh and they badly affected agriculture. 

During natural calamities, quick information delivery through the country’s mass media could have reduced the losses to the growers, he said.

He called for introducing the farmers with developed varieties of crops to help overcome the challenges in production.

Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation chairman Mohammad Sayedul Islam said better yielding seeds and advanced technologies should be reached the farmers to face the challenges in agriculture.

He said food production should be made sustainable in the country amid challenge of decease of arable lands against increased population.

He emphasised on making the country’s agriculture ‘modern, commercialised and mechanised’ to overcome the challenges.

Speaking at a session, Bangladesh Jute Research Institute director general Mohammad Asaduzzaman said diversification of jute goods could boost the earning of foreign exchanges.

He said that the BJRI has been trying to develop good varieties of jute through their researches and increase cultivation acreage of jute.

Replying to a question about genome sequence of jute, he said the research still continued and time was needed to take the benefits to the people’s doorsteps.

Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council director Hamidur Rahman, Soil Resource Development Institute director Bidhan Kumar Bhandar, and AIS director Nurul Islam also spoke.