Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar said e-commerce services have become an essential need today. Combining the capabilities of the postal department with this e-commerce can further expand the scope of rural e-commerce.
He was speaking at an online discussion titled “E-Commerce for Living” on Wednesday night (April 8) on the occasion of Ecommerce Day. April 7 is E-Commerce Day. E-Cab, an organization of e-commerce traders, has been celebrating the day as Ecommerce Day since 2015.
At the meeting, State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Junaid Ahmed Palak said Bangladesh’s e-commerce has now become a topic of discussion around the world as an example of growth. This has been possible due to the combined efforts of e-Cab and the dedicated work of the workers in this sector.
He said that the three countries of the world have achieved economic growth during the Corona period. Bangladesh is one of them. E-Cab members have played an important role in this.
The agricultural mechanization project will open new horizons in the field of agriculture, agricultural development and farm mechanization in Bangladesh, said the Minister of Agriculture. Md. Abdur Razzak. He said agricultural machinery is being supplied to farmers at a subsidy of 50% across the country and 70% in the coastal areas of Haor through the ‘Agricultural Mechanization’ project worth Tk 3,020 crore. This project marked a new chapter in agriculture. There will be a revolution in agricultural mechanization. The agriculture of Bangladesh will be as advanced and modern as the agriculture of the industrialized countries of the western world.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of distribution of ‘Combine Harvester, Reaper and various agricultural implements’ among farmers across the country under the online ‘Agriculture Mechanization’ project from the conference room of the ministry on Tuesday.
The Agriculture Minister said that even 10-15 years ago, agriculture in Bangladesh was traditional. People had to do all the work physically including farming and threshing. The plow was cultivated. Now land is being cultivated and crops are being threshed by machinery. But people have to cut and plant paddy. The cost of crop production is much higher and time consuming. That is why the present government has taken initiative to mechanize agriculture on priority basis since 2009 for the last 12 years.
He further said that the present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is giving utmost importance to agriculture. At present, the main goal of the government in agriculture is to modernize and make agriculture profitable. The government has taken and implemented various initiatives to modernize and make agriculture profitable through mechanization of agriculture. This project is a unique example. It is hoped that this will make agriculture profitable and accelerate the improvement of the living standards of the rural people.
It may be mentioned that about 52,000 agricultural equipments will be distributed from 2020-21 to 2025 through the ‘Agricultural Mechanization’ project worth Tk 3,020 crore. In the current fiscal year 2020-21, under this project, a total of 5,008 different types of agricultural implements including 1817 combine harvesters, 601 reapers, 164 rice transplanters will be distributed among farmers in 500 upazilas across the country. Of these, 510 combine harvesters and 231 reapers are being distributed for successful harvesting of paddy in Haor.
State Minister for Social Welfare gave a virtual speech from Netrokona and distributed agricultural machinery. Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru. Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture in the conference room. Mesbahul Islam, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture (Planning) said. Md. Abdur Rauf, Additional Secretary (PPC) said. Ruhul Amin Talukder, Additional Secretary (Fertilizer Management and Materials) said. Mahbubul Islam, Director General (Seed) Krishna Hazra, Additional Secretary (Audit) said. Abdul Quader and Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension. Asadullah was present.