A three-day national agricultural machinery fair started in Dhaka city on Thursday aiming to raise mechanization in agriculture to boost production.
Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzak as chief guest inaugurated the Agro Machinery Fair 2019 at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) in the morning. Secretary of the ministry Nasiruzzaman was in the chair
The theme of the fair is ‘Mechanization makes modern and profitable business.’
The minister said: “The process of mechanization in the agricultural system of the country is hugely contributing to the economy. Farmers are also reaping benefits in various ways including increase in production, waste reduction of crops, grain intensity, employment generation, and use of agricultural machinery.”
“Besides, production has continued to rise because of good governance in this sector. The present government has given more importance to this sector, especially to the expansion of farm instrument with subsidy or incentive package,’ the minister said.
Secretary Nasiruzzaman said: “We will give incentive package for improvement in this sector, instead of subsidy, from the upcoming budget.”
Professor Manjurul Alam presented the keynote paper on ‘agricultural machinery in Bangladesh: potential and problem’. The paper shows that 79 per cent machinery is locally produced and most of the farmers now plough land using modern machinery instead of bullock-run ploughs.
Modern equipment, like combined harvesters, mini harvesters, reapers, rice and transplanter are popular among the farmers, it says. It costs a farmer Tk8,668 to cultivate one hectare of land by a bullock-run plough while it is only Tk3,942 for a mini combine harvester, according to the paper.
Some 4010 units of reaper, 1136 units of combined harvester, 47,873 units of power tiller, 1,294 units of tractor, 91,72 units of power thresher, 1,100 units of foot pump, 500 units of sprayer, 1,964 units of seeders and 74 units of rice transplanter are now in use in the country under the project of farm mechanization.
DAE director-general Shekh Md Nazim Uddin said the fair would help raise awareness of farmers and traders about farm machinery.
The farm mechanization project of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) is coordinating the fair. A
total of 29 companies, both from private and public sector, are taking part in it.
The fair will remain open from 8:00am to 9:00pm every day.