Renewable energy use in agriculture can help safeguard environment

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 25 Aug 2017, 22:35:20
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Renewable energy use in agriculture can help safeguard environment

Peasants tell Rajshahi discussion
Renewable energy use in agriculture can help safeguard environment
RAJSHAHI, Aug 25 (BSS): Substantial and sustainable use of solar power-like renewable energy could be the effective means of protecting life and environment, marginalised farmers noted at a discussion here on Thursday.

They expressed the view that time has come to transform the existing power-run irrigation system into a solar power-based one to lessen the gradually increasing pressure on electricity in the vast Barind tract.

Bangladesh Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK), a collective initiative for participatory research, policy advocacy and campaign, organised the discussion at its Tanore Resource Centre in the district on Thursday.

More than 50 persons, including farmers, public representatives and officials of the government and non-government organisations attended the discussion, styled as "Renewable Fuel Services: Problems and Solutions".

Bank representative Asim Kumar Sarker, BARCIK Programme Officer Jahid Ali, national agriculture award winning farmer Yousuf Ali Mollah, farmers Abdul Hamid and Jitendra Nath Sutradhar and Joyeeta Award winning farmer Kabul Jan addressed the discussion while BARCIK Barind Region Coordinator Shahidul Islam moderated it.

During his keynote presentation, Engineer Motasim Billah highlighted the importance of solar power and biogas plant.

Focusing on the construction and service techniques, he said the present government is extending loan to set up biogas plant.

The participating farmers expressed the opinion that protection of environment and natural resources together with promotion and using renewable energies is very important for protecting both climate and life.

There is immense scope for reducing the gradually mounting pressure on fossil fuel through boosting use of renewable energies in both rural and urban areas, they observed.

Time has come to protect the natural resources including the wetlands and water bodies for restoring green atmosphere, they commented.

All concerned should work together for building social awareness about a judicious use of fossil fuel and ending its misuse.

Besides, the issue of converting the irrigation system into solar power-based one should be taken into consideration immediately, they maintained.
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