Published:  12:46 AM, 17 March 2020

Present Bangladesh: What Bangabandhu thought about its agriculture

Riaz Uddin Ahmed

Bangladesh is an agricultural country. Aryans had first started cultivation in the country. The soil of Bangladesh is world's one of the countries whose lands are most fertile. Once, the country wasn't self-sufficient in food production. But Bangladesh with a population of 17 crores has now not only achieved food-autarky, the country mulls exporting food to other countries.

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the main hero behind such success. He adopted revolutionary steps in developing agriculture with a view to making people free from hunger and poverty.

Bangabandhu said, "A beggar nation doesn't have dignity." After assuming power, he had first paid special attention to agriculture. He had provided peasants with fertilizers, pesticides, seeds free and agricultural equipment in a name-only price. He had laid emphasis on making the existing fertilizer factories production-oriented. He also pledged to set up more fertilizer factories.

Due to his initiative for the implementation of the agricultural revolution, the fertilizer the setting up of Jamuna Fertilizer Factory (1992), Shahjalal Fertilizer Factory (2016), Chittagong Urea (1987), Ashuganj Fertilizer Factory (1981), Palash Urea Fertilizer (1985), DAP (2006), TSP Complex (1976). Bangabandhu introduced the use of fertilizers in the country.

He had realized that fertilizers have to be used for increasing the production.  At the beginning, farmers didn't take fertilizers. For this reason, fertilizers were surreptitiously applied by agriculture officers on the lands of peasants at night. Consequently, farmers became interested in using fertilizers for the bumper yield of crops.

The thoughts of Bangbanadhu about agriculture have been materialized by his worthy daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She has taken up the Ghorashal-Palash Mega project. After the project is implemented 1.00 Million MT fertilizer will be added to the national production. Sheikh Hasina has given reality the   dreamt of Bangabandhu. She has given special attention to the use of organic fertilizer and safety food production.

The writer is Executive Secretary, BFA

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