Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the authorities concerned to include agriculture and its practical aspects in curricula to encourage students to properly know about cultivation system.
“Many people don’t want to go to the farmland for agricultural works when they complete their education. The Agriculture Minister is here. I think, special measures should be taken to make our students curious and sincere about agricultural works…they should have a subject on agriculture alongside a practical one,” she said.
The prime minister said this while distributing ‘Bangabandhu Jatiya Krishi Purashkar’ (Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award) for Bengali year 1423 at a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium.
She said agriculture is the lifeline of Bangladesh economy. “We’ll gradually shift our dependence to industry, but not by axing the agriculture as it will provide raw materials for industries apart from ensuring food security.”
The prime minister went on saying, “Students should learn this (agricultural works), there’s nothing to be ashamed of if anyone plants a sapling with his or her own hands.”
She said the government wants children to acquire knowledge about agricultural works from their childhood and have practical knowledge.
Hasina said her government is helping all concerned adopt modern technology in agriculture and providing equipment to farmers.
Laying emphasis on setting up food-processing industries across the country, the prime minister said Bangladesh has huge potentials in this sector as it can help earn foreign currency through exports.
She also asked for protecting agricultural lands from the onslaught of unplanned urbanisation and industrialisation.
Hasina said her government has been striving to ensure food security through boosting production, and mentioned that silos and godowns are being built to preserve food grains for a couple of years to meet the local demands as well as use those as backup to tackle any unwanted situation caused by natural calamities.
Stressing the importance of conducting extensive research on agriculture, the prime minister said success in this area is not possible without research, and mentioned the researchers of Bangladesh have invented flood, drought and salinity tolerant rice.
During every Bengali New Year, she said, the government gives ‘Bangabandhu Jatiya Krishi Purashkar’, the highest state recognition for contributions to the development of the country’s agriculture sector.
Five gold, nine silver and 18 bronze medals in 10 categories are given to different organisations and individuals each year for their contributions to agriculture development and research.
The awardees received medals, cash and certificates from the prime minister.
Award recipient Farhana Yasmin expressed feelings on behalf the award winners.
Presided over by Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, the function was addressed, among others, by Fisheries and Livestock Minister Narayan Chandra.unb