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Farm machinery promotion a must to make agricultural products profitable: Experts

March 19, 2023 00:00:00

RAJSHAHI, Mar 18 (BSS): Substantial promotion of modern farm machinery can be the crucial means of making the agricultural products more profitable coupled with making the farmers happy.

To this end, the grassroots farmers are gradually being habituated and accustomed to the need-based machinery and technologies through diversified interventions so that they can derive total benefits out of it.

Farm machinery experts and other agricultural scientists made the observation while addressing the closing ceremony of a two-day farmers training on machinery developed by Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) at Banga village under Tanore Upazila of the district on Saturday.

Farm Machinery and Postharvest Process Engineering (FMPE) Division of BARI organised the training supported by the Farm Machinery Technology Development for Profitable Crop Production (FMDP) project.

FMDP Project Director Dr Nurul Amin, Principal Scientific Officer of On Farm Research Division (Barind Centre) Dr. Jagadish Chandra Barman and its Senior Scientific Officer Dr Shakhawat Hossain addressed the session as resource persons.

FMPE Senior Scientific Officer Dr Arshadul Hoque gave an illustration on the aspects of successful promotion of farm machinery in terms of yielding more crops.

Around 40 farmers from different areas joined the training and they were given practical knowledge on handling, repairing and maintaining various types of machinery, including seeder, harvester, thresher, cleaner and oil extractor. Dr Nurul Amin said farmers in the area are gradually being habituated to cost-effective and mechanized farming and harvesting. Large-scale promotion of mechanisation could be the effective means of mitigating the problems of labour shortage, slow pace and high expensive potato harvesting. There is a huge labour shortage in the potato growing area during peak harvesting period. Manual potato harvesting is a slow, time consuming and costly operation.

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