Conversations on CASI Convergence in Bangladesh
Over 50 stakeholders met at the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) in late May to discuss and learn about Conservation Agriculture based Sustainable Intensification (CASI) technologies. The meeting was organized by BARC with CIMMYT support and was attended by officials from the Bangladesh Wheat and Maize Research Institute (BWMRI), Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), Department of Agriculture and Extension (DAE), SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), Krishi Gabeshana Foundation (KGF) and other CGIAR centers (e.g. IRRI).
The event was chaired by BARC Executive Chairman Md. Kabir Ikramul Haque. Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture Md. Nasiruzzaman was the Chief Guest, with special guest Barind Multipurpose Development Authority chairman Akram Chowdhury also in attendance.
Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture, Md. Nasiruzzaman, expressed his satisfaction with progress to date, highlighting the importance of the project addressing the burning issues of labor, water and climate change while contributing to Bangladesh’s food security goals. Furthermore, the Secretary expressed the Ministry’s commitment to help disseminate CASI technologies for the benefit of farmers and the environment, and asked government entities to work on these technologies and include them into their extension programs.
Thakur P Tiwari (CIMMYT) presented SRFSI activities and outcomes in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, emphasizing that the project is aligned with the government plans and schemes and has strong potential for outscaling. Mahesh K Gathala (CIMMYT) presented a summary of SRFSI research findings from the three project countries, highlighting the agronomic, environmental and human benefits of CASI technologies for the region’s maize, wheat, rice and legume crops.
There were also presentations from BWMRI, BARI and DAE. S.M. Bokhtiar (Director, SAC) and N.C.D. Barma (Director General, BWMRI) gave their reflections on the success of the project and CASI in particular. Chair of the Technical Session, Wais Kabir (Executive Director, KGF), remarked that now is the right time to promote CASI technologies for the benefit of farmers, and that NARES partners should take ownership of sustainable intensification. In its final year, the SRFSI project will continue to work with local partners to embed CASI approaches into national and private sector extension programs.
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