BSS-07 Farmers need easy access to ICT-based modern services

ZCZC

BSS-07

BMDA-INNOVATION-WORKSHOP (with picture)

Farmers need easy access to ICT-based modern services

RAJSHAHI, Nov 1, 2018 (BSS)- Experts here called for ensuring easy, low-
cost and improved services to the farmers facilitating their farming
activities properly and successfully for boosting crop production.

They said emphasis should be given to familiarising and habituating the
farmers with the agriculture-related innovations for achieving the cherished
goal of attaining self-sufficiency in food grain production.

They made this observation while addressing the closing session of a
five-day training workshop titled “Innovation to Civic Services” at the
conference hall of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) in
Rajshahi city Wednesday.

BMDA organized the workshop in association with Access to Information
(A2I) Programme of Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Division. BMDA
engineers and officials attended the workshop.

Chaired by BMDA Executive Director Engineer Abdur Rashid, the session was
addressed, among others, by Lead Facilitator of A2I Programme Md Salahuddin
and its training facilitator Mahfuz Bin Wahab and BMDA Superintending
Engineers Dr Abul Kashem and Shamsul Huda and Project Director ATM Rafiqul
Islam.

The speakers said instead of depending on only Irri-boro farming emphasis
should be given on promotion of less-irrigation consuming cereal crops in
Barind area to lessen the gradually mounting pressure on underground water
table.

Large-scale promotion of less-water consuming crops could be the
effective means of mitigating water-stress condition in Barind area.

Md Salahuddin said the present government has adopted multifarious
programmes for reaching the e-services to the grassroots farmers.

The farmers should be familiarized with the e-services and digitization
process. The ongoing digitization process has created scope of employment and
income generation in various ways including outsourcing, selling products
through e-shop and offering different services.

He urged the field level BMDA officials to promote different innovative
ideas for making the modern services more farmers-friendly.

BSS/AH/SA/ 1110 HRS