8th November 2012, Karnal
Minister of Agriculture, Govt. of Bangladesh, Begum Matia Chowdhury alongwith Mr. Tariq A. Karim, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India, Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Bangladesh, Dr. Wais Kabir, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council, Mr. Enamul Hoque Chowdhury, Minister (Press) Bangladesh High Commission, New Delhi, Mr. Md. Shashjalal, Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture visited Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal on 8th November 2012.
Begum Matia Chowdhury expressed her concern for the issues arising due to soil and water salinity in agricultural areas of Southern Bangladesh. She also made a number of suggestions during the discussion including India-Bangladesh cooperation in R&D for salinity management in agriculture as a way forward for food security and rural development in Bangladesh.
Dr. D.K.Sharma, Director, CSSRI made a presentation on institute technologies and their impact in farmers’ perspective and national scenario. Dr. S.K. Ambast, Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project on Use of Saline Water in Agriculture made presentations on relevant technologies for salinity management in agriculture particularly relevant in context of South west Bangladesh which was followed by interactive session with the Scientists of the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal.
The team visited Technology Information Centre, Central Laboratory and also visited the experimental area of the institute. On the basis of interactions with the scientists and visit of the experimental area, possible areas of cooperation were identified
The objective of the visit was to explore the possibility of cooperation in the field of saline agriculture in coastal areas of India and Bangladesh. Scientific/technical cooperation can be useful to enhance farm productivity and livelihood security of the farming community of the saline areas of India and Bangladesh. This visit will help both the countries to draw the possible areas of cooperation for R&D considering the prevailing field situation. It will also help them to incorporate new programme in their on-going research activities.
(Source: Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal)