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Giving farmers a break

  • Published at 12:02 am February 14th, 2019
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Thanks to farming technologies, Bangladesh’s vegetable output has increased threefold

From transportation to shopping to banking, we have seen technology transform every facet of life, for the better.

There is no reason for agriculture to be left behind.

For too long, farming in our part of the world has been associated with hard labour rather than technological innovation, but now, machinery for farm-use and production technologies are taking farming practices into the future.

For example, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute has developed a urea super granule (USG) applicator, which replaces the extremely laborious efforts of applying USG to the rice lands by hand -- and some 18,000 units have already been sold.

Other technologies, like simple hot water treatment tech can help give perishable fruits a better shelf life, which means that vendors will no longer have to rely on toxic chemicals to preserve food items like mangoes or bananas. 

Thanks to farming technologies, Bangladesh’s vegetable output has increased threefold, and the output of maize has jumped to 38 lakh metric tons from 5 lakhs back in 2006.

Agriculture is the foundation upon which our economy was built, but its contribution to our overall GDP remains quite small still, and there is tremendous potential for farm incomes to contribute more if the right investments are made.

Ultimately, technology and efforts at modernization will mean little if we cannot make use of them fully, and to that end, the right kind of training on operating new machinery is crucial, and for that, the government could throw its weight behind the sector.

In the long run, farming technology is not just a boon for farmers alone, but for all of us, because it will help us achieve that holy grail of our development goals -- food security.

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