Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury has asked researchers to find farmer-friendly technology which can reduce the production cost of farmers’ harvest.
She made the call while addressing a seminar, titled ‘National Renewable Energy and Green Expo 2017’, at the central playground of Dhaka University on Thursday.
“We have introduced the renewable energy to agri-technology by using the solar-power pump in irrigation. The use of renewable energy in agri-technology will boost production, as the sector keeps continuous contribution to national productivity,” Matia added.
Institute of Energy, University of Dhaka, and Bangladesh Solar Energy Society (BSES) organised the four-day conference.
Mentioning the importance of alternative resources of energy in agriculture, the minister further said the renewable energy promotes farming by boosting their productivity in low cost, so that the producer gets benefits.
DU Institute of Energy Director Prof Saiful Huque said the conference this year will focus on developing a long-term planning for renewable energy in Bangladesh.
Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA) member Siddique Zobayer, GIZ Programme Coordinator Mudabber Bin Anam, ADB consultant Mathias Gelber, EnergyPack Chief Executive Officer Nurul Akter were, among others, present at the session moderated by Practical Action Country Director Hasin Jahan. DU Institute of Energy Director Prof Saiful Huque was in the chair.
Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister’s Power and Energy Advisor Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury inaugurated the 17th edition of the conference if its kind. Besides the conference, there are 34 national level energy companies are participating the expo.