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Unlocking Agricultural Potential in Bangladesh’s Char Region: Swisscontact’s Agro-Input Initiative

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Staff Reporter, Dhaka : Swisscontact, a globally recognized non-governmental organization, is driving change in Bangladesh’s char region with an innovative agro-input initiative. The event, “Unveiling Potential in the Char: Agro Input Opportunities,” held on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the Utshab Banquet Hall, Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka, witnessed a convergence of expertise and vision.

At the heart of this groundbreaking initiative is the “Making Markets Work for the Chars (M4C)” project, a joint endeavor mandated by the Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh and the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Department of the Government of Bangladesh. This project has successfully impacted 145,000 char households in northern Bangladesh, with ongoing efforts scheduled until June 2024.

The M4C project’s unyielding focus on the crop sector aims to address key challenges within the agro-input market. It seeks to revolutionize access to critical resources such as high-quality seeds, precisely balanced fertilizers, and effective crop protection products. By facilitating access to reliable and climate-resilient agro-inputs, M4C empowers char communities to thrive despite environmental uncertainties.

Badal Chandra Biswas, Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh said, “Initiatives like ‘Unveiling Potential in the Char: Agro Input Opportunities’ are pivotal for our agricultural sector’s growth. By unlocking the potential of the char region and focusing on agro inputs, we can create a more resilient and prosperous future for our farmers.”

Md. Khurshid Iqbal Rezvi, Director General (Additional Secretary) of the Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogura said, “I am delighted to see the enthusiasm and commitment of all stakeholders towards the development of the char region. The key takeaways from today’s discussions will guide our future plans, fostering sustainable development and enhancing the lives of char dwellers.”

Mujibul (Cezanne) Hasan, Country Director of Swisscontact Bangladesh, emphasized the importance of this initiative, “This is a platform to share invaluable insights, showcase the vast potential of agro input products, and strengthen connections between M4C, private sector agro input companies, and associations.”

The key takeaways of the event are enhanced understanding of the agro-input market potential in the char region, opportunities for agro input companies to explore expansion in the char region, strengthened connections between M4C, private sector agro input companies, and associations, and increased awareness of climate-resilient agro-input products.

The event featured a diverse program, including presentations, panel discussions, experience sharing sessions, and speeches from esteemed guests, highlighting the significant potential of agro input products in the char region of Bangladesh. The notable panel discussion, moderated by Mr. Sadruddin Imran, Chairman, and CEO of Innovision Consulting Private Limited, provided valuable insights and perspectives.

Special guests, including Mr. M. Sayeduzzaman, Chairman of the Bangladesh Crop Protection Association (BCPA); Mr. A.H.M. Humayun Kabir, General Secretary of the Bangladesh Seed Association (BSA); and Dr. Zinia Rashid, Senior Programme Officer from The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, delivered speeches, emphasizing the importance of this initiative.

The event concluded with a speech by the Chief Guest, Mr. Badal Chandra Biswas, Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. He highlighted the pivotal role of such initiatives in the agricultural sector.

Md. Khurshid Iqbal Rezvi, Director General (Additional Secretary) of the Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogura, closed the event with a speech summarizing the key takeaways and future plans.


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