Tech support stressed to tackle climate changeStaff Correspondent
Agriculturists, researchers and journalists on Tuesday emphasised research work and technology support to overcome climate change impacts on agriculture sector.
They made the observation in programme marking the launch of a book titled ‘Climate Change Effects on Bangladesh Agriculture’.
Syngenta Bangladesh Limited and Forum for Information Dissemination on Agriculture organised the progrmme ‘climate change and food security’ at the National Press Club.
Palok Publishers has brought out the book as part of a series of publications under the joint sponsorship of FIDA and Syngenta.
Addressing the discussion, food minister Mohammad Abdur Razzaque said every year 22-25 lakh people are added to the country’s population and it was a big challenge to produce food for this increasing population.
‘Due to urbanisation, agricultural land is depleting every year, which is a big challenge for this country,’ he said.
‘Population density and emerging climate change effects are two other challenges for which more research work is needed to give direction to the policy makers and the new publication did it satisfactorily,’ said the minister.
He claimed that the rural economy of Bangladesh never enjoyed such happiness before as the ruling government gave utmost priority to agriculture and achieved tremendous success.
The minister said in 2009 the ruling government imported 52 lakh tonnes of rice but in the last two years the government did not import rice.
He also called on the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party to participate in the upcoming election and hoped that the election would be fair.
International Rice Research Institute former country representative Jainul Abedin said because of climate change the agriculture sector was affected.
‘It brings changes to food production, livelihood and threatens food security. So to overcome the challenges caused by climate change the government needs to emphasise research work,’ he said.
Jainul said, ‘There is no alternative to research and technology for a better growth in agriculture sector.’
FIDA president Kawser Rahman said agriculture played the most significant role in the overall economic development but due to climate change the country’s agriculture and farm productivity was under threat.
He said in this publication the journalists have expressed their views through their writing on the losses already caused and way forward.
Bangladesh Institute for Advanced Studies fellow Asaduzzaman, FIDA vice-president Reaz Ahmed, Syngenta managing director Md Sazzadul Hassan and Presidency University vice-chancellor Mahbub Ali also spoke at the discussion.
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