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SCB, Channel i honour agriculture sector heroes at 9th Agrow Award

Md. Abdur Rahman, Minister for Fisheries and Livestock, was the chief guest

Update : 28 Apr 2024, 03:09 PM

Standard Chartered Bangladesh and Channel i recently recognized the transformative work and remarkable achievements of 11 individuals and organizations at the 9th Agrow Award finale event.

From pioneering sustainable farming practices to harnessing cutting-edge technologies, each of this year’s Agrow Award honourees embody the spirit of innovation, resilience, and dedication required to transform our agriculture sector and help build a resilient and prosperous Bangladesh.

This year’s winners were recognized for their contributions toward achieving climate adaptation goals; building sustainable networks; ensuring food and nutrition security for millions; supplementing value chains; and driving tangible change across homestead and commercial agricultural operations and research initiatives.

The finale event and prize giving ceremony for the ninth season of the Standard Chartered - Channel i Agrow Award was held in Dhaka on April 26.

Md. Abdur Rahman, Minister for Fisheries and Livestock, served as the chief guest. 

The most recent batch of Agrow Award honourees brings the total number of recipients to 77 awardees.

The winners from the Standard Chartered - Channel i Agrow Award 2023 includes: 

  • Farmer of the Year, Male: Engineer Md. Abul Kalam Azad
  • Farmer of the Year, Female: Tania Parvin
  • Most Resilient Farmer of the Year, Male: Md. Siddik Hosen
  • Most Resilient Farmer of the Year, Female: Sabitri Biswas
  • Heroes for Change: Sanwar Hossain
  • Best Agricultural Organisation in Support and Execution: iFarmer
  • Best Journalist (Agriculture): Sahanwar Saeed Shahin
  • Climate Adaptation Solution of the Year: Dr. Mrinmoy Guha Neogi
  • Best Exporter: PRAN Dairy
  • Jury Special: Dr. Mohammad Al-Mamun
  • Lifetime Achievement: Dr. M.A. Sattar Mandal, Emeritus Professor, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU)

Naser Ezaz Bijoy, CEO, Standard Chartered Bangladesh, said: “Climate change is anticipated to wipe out 30% of food production by 2050, the challenges faced by farmers and other actors of agriculture sector are only going to intensify. To reduce these challenges and create an atmosphere that is conducive to development and prosperity, we must collectively reimagine the roles and impacts of urbanisation, rising temperatures, water scarcity, salinity, farming methods, and animal-rearing, in tandem rather than individually. This year's Agrow award winners do exactly this – their efforts reflect the resilience and the urgency in use of technology and innovation, needed to meet the needs of the hour."

Faridur Reza Sagar, managing director, Channel i, said: “From agricultural production to agricultural trade, a light of immense potential is constantly spreading. We want to spread that light throughout the country. May the new generation be inspired to evolve and change and to work towards sustainable development. Channel i is delighted to be a part of this great initiative with Standard Chartered.”

Shykh Seraj, director and head of news, Channel i, added: “In the developed world, farmers are supported by the government, advanced technology, research, planning, and management. In that context, our farmers must face more challenges. I think the farmer is the main hero of Bangladesh. We often forget that. But it is these farmers who are providing our food by working hard. Those who received the Agrow Award have made a great contribution in their respective fields.”

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