Focus more on agro-processing

    Focus more on agro-processing


    Experts say at FBCCI seminar on Bangabandhu’s thoughts on agriculture

    Bangladesh will have to produce better quality and value-added agricultural products to compete in the international market, says one industry expert. Photo: Collected



    Bangladesh will have to produce better quality and value-added agricultural products to compete in the international market, says one industry expert. Photo: Collected

    Bangladesh should redouble its efforts to process and market agricultural products while increasing the sector’s productivity, farmers and experts said at a seminar yesterday.

    The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has organized a program entitled “Bangabandhu Agricultural Thoughts: Challenges and Prospects for the Future”.

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    In a keynote address, Atiur Rahman, the former governor of Bangladesh Bank, said agriculture needed to be made more dynamic, with adequate funding and the use of new technologies – the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.

    “We need to be more cautious in solving problems in the marketing of agricultural products,” he said, stressing the various steps taken by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the agricultural sector.

    Educated young people should have the opportunity to develop as agribusinessmen and should be provided with loans, insurance, credit guarantees, Atiur said.

    Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, President & CEO of the Pran-RFL Group, said: “We need to do more work on food safety and raise awareness about it.”

    It is necessary to produce agricultural products of better quality and added value to compete in the international market, he said.

    Addressing the event as the main guest, Agriculture Minister Mohamed Abdur Razakke said that Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibour Rahman thought and worked for the development and prosperity of agriculture and farmers throughout his life.

    Therefore, immediately after independence, Bangabandhu took important decisions and initiatives to develop the country’s miserable and oppressed farmers, he said.

    After the foundations laid by Bangladesh, the current government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is constantly adopting and implementing agricultural-friendly policies, he said.

    The minister said that the next challenge in agriculture was the marketing of agricultural products. “Trading in agricultural products is very important to make agriculture profitable and to ensure that farmers will have a fair price,” he said.

    “If the market for agricultural products cannot grow at home and abroad, the growth that has taken place in agriculture will not be sustainable. That is why we must move to agro-industrialization to increase agricultural processing and marketing.” he said. was added.

    Ahsan H Mansur, executive director of the Bangladesh Political Research Institute, said food processing agencies should come in to export agricultural products.

    State Planning Minister Professor Shamsul Alam said Bangabandhu had laid the institutional foundations for the success that has come to agriculture today. “Because agriculture is the main basis for development,” he said.

    FBCCI President Jashim Uddin, Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Vice President and media personality Shykh Seraj also spoke on the program.

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