With increasing agricultural productivity, farmers must have smooth access to markets to get proper benefit of their crops production.
“If we want to eradicate poverty, growers should be given fair prices of their produced crops,” Abul Barkat, professor, Department of Economics of Dhaka University told a meeting at BRAC Inn centre yesterday (Tuesday).
“Although agriculture production has increased in many times but farmers are not getting proper benefit from their crop production. This unfair practice is hampering poverty reduction efforts in rural areas,” he added.
Prof Barakat observed that Bangladesh’s economy is more resilient than many middle income countries in the world. “Nearly 75 percent people are living in rural areas, of which 90 percent people are directly involved in agriculture sector. So, we have to give more focus on development of agriculture sector to accelerate economic progress in the country,” he added.
Inter Press Service (IPS) organized the multi-stakeholder knowledge sharing meeting on “Communicating for Development: Rural Transformation”.
Additional Secretary of Economic Relation Division (ERD) Shahidul Islam, Director General of IPS Farhana Haque Rahman, communication and development experts and officials and representatives of different local and international organizations, among others, addressed the meeting.
Other speakers said smallholders are the backbone of rural development and economic growth in Bangladesh. Smallholder farmers and rural communities need access to information so that they can make contribution in policy making process, which eventually expedite economic growth in the country.
Six on-going Projects of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) were highlighted at the meeting. These projects are – Participatory small-scale water resources sector project, Char development and settlement project IV, Haor infrastructure and livelihood improvement project, Coastal Climate resilient infrastructure project (CCRIP), Promoting agricultural commercialization and enterprise project (PACE), National Agriculture
technology programme II.