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ED: Agriculture still drives us

  • Published at 04:00 pm April 21st, 2021
Farmers
Farmers have started harvesting paddy and they will continue to do so till mid-April Dhaka Tribune
We are still largely an agrarian nation, propped up on the backs of farmers
Agriculture is the bedrock of the economy of Bangladesh, and even though we have made tremendous strides in the five decades since independence in building up other sectors, we are still largely an agrarian nation, propped up on the backs of farmers. Their contribution must never be forgotten, and as we move into the future, we must not only keep agriculture alive, but modernize agricultural processes to bring it into the present day.

Kudos to the government for supporting the agricultural sector of this country through thick and thin. It is wonderful to hear from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the government has introduced a system through Krishi bank to enable sharecroppers avail collateral-free loans. Furthermore, it is good to see that the government has reduced prices of fertilizer drastically from Tk90 to Tk12. Research into improving crop production has also been prioritized over the years.

It is must be remembered that the world is on the verge of massive changes. The Covid-19 pandemic, in many ways, turned the world upside down, and farmers were hit especially hard. The farming sector must now be mechanized fully, so that fewer factors are dependent on manual labour. From education to banking, to ready-made garments, we have seen technology make lives easier, more efficient, and work more productive. For complex reasons, farming has, until very recently been resistant to change.

The processes of planting and harvesting, for example, must be mechanized. It is good to see that 98% of our land is now being ploughed by power tillers, which saves farmers a lot of back-breaking effort. As we move forward, we must embrace more and more of these cost-saving and labour-saving technologies.  
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