Use of science, technology and innovation in agricultural commodities is a must for ensuring further progress in Bangladesh’s agricultural sector.
Speakers came up with the observation while addressing a seminar yesterday in the capital.
High Commission of Canada organised the seminar titled “Innovation and Agriculture” held at a city hotel.
Both the farmers and consumers will get benefit if science and technology are used in the agricultural sector and it will help the country to meet the growing demand of the population, they added.
Addressing the seminar, Canadian High Commissioner Heather Cruden said, “Canadian scientists have been working hard to develop crops to adapt with the harsh Canadian environment for over 100 years. ‘’
Canada is a leader in innovation in agriculture commodities, which can also benefit Bangladesh, she also added.
Rafiqul Hoque, vice-chancellor of Bangladesh Agricultural University, noted that innovation was important for agricultural development and Bangladesh’s agricultural universities were doing research activities on innovation and technologies.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed stressed the need for doing more research for ensuring further progress in the country’s agricultural sector.
Mentioning a newspaper article, he said: “Bangladesh is among the five countries that are moving fast.’’
Tofail also expressed his hope that Bangladesh will be a middle income country by 2021.
A delegation from the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi) conducted a technical session on wheat and flour quality optimization, milling technology and innovation applications of Canadian field crops.
High Commission of Canada in collaboration with Cigi published a guidebook on “Basic Tests used to evaluate wheat and flour quality.” The guide books was launched at the seminar.
The seminar was addressed, among others, by Bangladesh Agro-Processors’ Association President Anjan Chowdhury and President of International Chamber of Commerce Mahbubur Rahman.
Trade between Canada and Bangladesh amounted to more than CAD1.8bn in 2013 with agricultural commodities representing 68% of Canadian total exports to Bangladesh.