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Agriculture done right

  • Published at 12:05 am May 20th, 2019
Agriculture
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Both the importance of agriculture and the rising threat of climate change cannot be understated

When it comes to the agriculture sector, it remains one of the most crucial ones for the economy, being one of the largest contributors to the GDP and by far the largest employer of Bangladeshis. 

Keeping that in mind, and with the awareness that climate change is one of the biggest threats facing us not only as citizens of Bangladesh but as citizens of this world, it is crucial to employ practices which create a sustainable agriculture industry while also employing climate-friendly practices. 

For example, experts have long spoken of a method called Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) when it comes to rice farming, a technique which cuts the cost of irrigation, reduces the use of precious groundwater, and produces less methane, a gas harmful for the ozone layer.

However, despite knowing of the advantages, this water-saving technology has yet to be adopted to the extent necessary for sustainable growth of the industry. 

Never has it been more important for farming practices to become more environmentally conscious, as the detrimental effects of climate change end up affecting farmers and their livelihoods the most. 

As a result, with scientists and experts discovering newer and more efficient methods of agricultural practice, it would be negligent of us to not incentivize farmers to adopt methods which contribute positively to the industry, and to the economy as a whole.

Both the importance of agriculture and the rising threat of climate change cannot be understated. We hope that, moving forward, authorities take this into account and encourage industries to adapt and become more climate-smart in the process.