Sustainable agriculture should be developed to combat drought


As the days go by, the number of rivers in the country is decreasing at an alarming rate, the water bodies are getting occupied and becoming unusable. Ground water is going down. The entire country is at risk of drought. As a result, the agricultural system of the country is now under the greatest threat. In this situation, sustainable agricultural system should be developed to deal with drought.

Speakers said these things in a seminar at the auditorium of the capital’s Environment Directorate on Sunday (June 9). This seminar was held as a joint initiative of ActionAid Bangladesh and Nature Conservation Management (NECOM).

Amit Ranjan Dey, Deputy Manager of ActionAid Bangladesh, Chairman of Nature Conservation Management (NECOM) made a presentation on the occasion. Rob Molla and Bangladesh Development Research Institute (BIDS) former research director. Asaduzzaman.

Anwar Farooq, former senior secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, said that agriculture should be farmer-friendly. Plans should be taken to save marginal farmers. Land resilience needs to be enhanced by controlling land pollution, increasing fertility, preventing desertification and mitigating the adverse effects of climate change. Analysis of the impact after the next 50 years and action should be taken now.

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Chairman of Bangladesh Krishi Bank urged to declare the drought-prone areas of the country as ‘critical areas’. Nasiruzzaman. He said, ‘Whether it is North Bengal or South Bengal, desertification has taken a terrible shape in the whole country. There were once more than 800 rivers in the country. Most of the rivers have dried up.

Director General of the Department of Environment Dr. Abdul Hamid said, ‘Our land, our future. We are dealing with drought keeping in mind the global situation. Our floating agriculture is following in many countries. But there is an opportunity to make agriculture more sustainable under the influence of climate.

Under the direction of ActionAid’s Associate Program Officer Syeda Tajbiha Dewan Kabir, officials from the Department of Environment, ActionAid Bangladesh, Nature Conservation Management (NECOM), Food Rights Bangladesh, Food Security Network, Kendriya Krishi Maitri and Bangladesh Organic Agriculture Network (BON) were also present.

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