A balanced use of compost, fertilisers, and pesticides can boost crop production and ensure food security in disaster-prone areas.
The comments came at a training course on how to use fertiliser and pesticide properly.
The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society organised the programme in Chilmari upazila of Kurigram district.
The district unit BDRCS hosted the training programme under the Flood Recovery Project for the benefit of the farmers of Chilmari and Noyarhat unions in the upazila. The British Red Cross provided financial support for the programme.
Aminul Islam Manju Mandal, vice-chairman of the Kurigram unit of BDRCS, inaugurated the day programme as the guest of honour.
Secretary to the Kurigram unit of BDRCS Alhaj ATM Akhter Hossain Chinu attended the ceremony as a special guest, with Chilmari Union Parishad Chairman Jahangir Alam in the chair.
Speaking at the programme, in front of an audience of farmers from 25 flood-hit areas of Chilmari union, were:
Kurigram unit BDRCS Officer ABM Bayezid, British Red Cross Technical Officer Kazi Asaduzzaman, Chilmari Upazila Organiser of the Flood Recovery Project Md Kawser, Noyarhat Union Community Organiser SM Nurul Amin Sarker, DAE Agriculture Extension Officer Ahsan and DAE Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officer Zahid Hossain Ansari.
A similar training course was also hosted simultaneously for another 25 project beneficiary farmers at Koria Barishal Junior High School under Noyarhat union in the upazila.
The participating farmers were provided with practical technology training and knowledge of how to produce vermi compost, and how to balance compost fertilisers alongside chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
The trainers demonstrated the process of preparing vermi fertiliser, its preservation and uses in the crop fields, and described the benefits of earthworm fertilisers for soil health and crop production.
The speakers highlighted the use of vermi compost to revive soil health, increase bio-diversity, improve ecological balance, and to expand sustainable and environmentally friendly agro-technology.