Razzaque urges BAURES-researchers to work for sustainable food security

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DHANBARI, TANGAIL, May 29, 2021 (BSS) – Calling on all concerned of Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System (BAURES) to conduct effective research, Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque today said that the government wants to take forward the remarkable achievements that have been achieved in agricultural development and make it sustainable.

“Maintaining self-sufficiency in food is a big challenge due to population growth and loss of cultivable land. More advanced and more productive varieties of paddy, maize and other crops are needed to maintain food self-sufficiency in the country. BAU teachers and researchers need to be partners in tackling these challenges. They can conduct effective research together to develop improved varieties and technologies of paddy and various vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock,” he said.

He was speaking at the ‘Annual Workshop on Research Progress’ of Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System (BAURES by virtually connected from Mushuddi Razia College at Dhanbari in Tangail as the chief guest).

During the time, the minister also said the government would extend all possible cooperation to the concerned research.

“We hope that BAU teachers and researchers will do research and innovate more advanced breeds and technologies of poultry, cows and goats,’ he added.

He urged all concerned to take pragmatic steps to earn foreign exchange by exporting paddy, vegetables, fruits and other cash crops.

Baures director Abu Hadi Nur Ali Khan presided over the virtual programme which was also attended, among others, by the senior secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Md Mesbahul Islam, a member of the General Economics Department of the Planning Commission Shamsul Alam, BAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Lutful Hassan and Associate Director of Baures Prof Md Mahfuzul Haque.

More than three hundred teachers, researchers and participants were connected online on the occasion.

Later, the Agriculture Minister inaugurated a computer lab at Mushuddi Rezia College at Dhanbari in Tangail.

At the same time, he said the present government is working to build a prosperous and developed Bangladesh by using the power of the young society.

He added that various steps have been taken to make the youth educated, skilled and self-reliant.

Praising the blessings of ‘Digital Bangladesh’, he said computer labs are being set up in remote villages today.

“If we can train the young society digitally, then their self-employment will be created in the future. Our young people will be able to gain more skills in outsourcing and earn a lot of foreign exchange,” he hoped.