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Let machinery do the heavy lifting

  • Published at 12:03 am September 18th, 2019
Agriculture
Photo: SYED LATIF HOSSAIN

It is important to bear in mind that simply bringing in expensive machines from other countries will not be enough

Seed sowing, transplanting, and harvesting crops are all absolutely essential aspects of farming which are still being done largely by hand.

A mere 1% of seeding and 2% of harvesting is done by machines, while the rest is done manually -- which is not at all the most efficient method in a world that is becoming more and more mechanized and automated.

It is, then, good to see that the government is going ahead with a farm mechanization program, and plans to provide subsidies on mechanization, which could go a long way towards fully mechanizing the country’s farm sector.

Farmers in Bangladesh have already been using tillers and tractors to prepare land in 90% of the farm land, and with this current move towards mechanizing seeding and harvesting, we should be able to join the industrialized nations of the world in terms of farming efficiency and productivity.

It is important to bear in mind that simply bringing in expensive machines from other countries will not be enough -- our farmers must be given adequate training on how to use these technologies fully and effectively. 

Agriculture is the foundation of our economy, and the sector has immense potential to contribute on a larger scale, but for too long we have been held back by a lack of modern technology and trained human capital.

As every sector of our economy, from RMG to banking, incorporates more technology to not only make us more competitive in the world but to make our lives easier, there is no reason for the farming sector be left behind.