Mechanisation helps grow rural economy

Dhaka,  Sun,  23 July 2017
Published : 16 Apr 2017, 22:07:48
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Mechanisation helps grow rural economy

Experts tell a book launching programme
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Small-scale machinery played a key role in the mechanisation process of the country's farm sector that helped in inclusive growth of the rural economy, experts told a book launching programme on Sunday.

They said instead of formal green revolution model (known as Punjabi Model), small-scale mechanisation took place successfully in the prevailing small-farm dominated agrarian structure and largely informal economy in Bangladesh.

The observations came at the launching ceremony of a book titled "Rural Mechanisation, A driver in Agricultural Change and Rural Development" organised by the Institute for Inclusive Finance and Development (InM) at the PKSF auditorium in the city.

The book has been edited jointly by Former Vice-chancellor of Bangladesh Agricultural University Dr M A Sattar Mandal, Stephen D Biggs and Scott E Justice.

While speaking as the chief guest, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said mechanisation was a debated issue in 1980s weather it would squeeze employment opportunities from rural labour.

But the prediction has been proved wrong in Bangladesh as it ultimately helped raising the production of crops significantly without affecting employment.  

She said small-scale machinery like two-wheeler tractors (2WT), deep tube-wells, shallow tube-wells, threshers, maize shellers, combine harvesters, winnower, back sprayers and 2WT seed drills contributed greatly to the farm sector.  

Dr Sattar focused on some key points in the book which said Punjabi green revolution model of subsidised energy inputs and large-scale mechanisation was not followed in Bangladesh.

Private investors started using small-scale machinery like 2WTs, shallow machines, sprayers and many other machines since 1970s.

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