SAARC Agriculture Ph.D. Scholarships 2018

Call for Applications – SAARC Agriculture Ph.D. Scholarships 2018 in Agricultural Economics at Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Application Deadline: 15 April 2018

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SAC Celebrated 33rd SAARC Charter Day and Organized Exhibition cum Regional Seminar on Agricultural Mechanization

The SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), Dhaka, Bangladesh in commemoration to the 33rd SAARC Charter Day and organized an Exhibition cum Regional Seminar on Agricultural Mechanization for Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture on 10th December 2017 at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), Farmgate, Dhaka. The Charter Day celebrated with several important events like flags hoisting, release of pigeons and balloons, seminar, exhibition and release of the books published by SAC. The exhibition and morning session seminar was inaugurated by Mr. AHM Mustafa Kamal, MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Planning, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.


In the afternoon session Begum Matia Chowdhury MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Dr. T.P. Tiwari, Country representative, CIMMYT-Bangladesh, Dr. Bhagya Rani Banik, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, Dr. Wais Kabir, Executive Director, Krishi Gobeshona Foundation were present as a special guests. Mr. Mohammad Nazmul Islam, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh presided over the session. In this session a keynote paper was presented by Dr. Gajendra Singh, Emeritus Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

Dr. S. M. Bokhtiar, Director, SAARC Agriculture Centre welcomed all dignitaries, guests and participants in the seminar.


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SAARC Regional Consultation on “Farm-made feeds for sustainable aquaculture development in South Asia: opportunities, challenges and policy intervention”

SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) has organized a SAARC Regional Consultation on ‘Farm-made feeds for sustainable aquaculture development in South Asia: opportunities, challenges and policy intervention’ in Kathmandu, Nepal during 10-12 October 2017. The program was jointly organized by the SAC, Dhaka and Ministry of Agricultural Development, DOA/DoFD, Nepal. Dr.  Shiba Shankar Giri, Senior Program Specialist (Fisheries), SAC, Dhaka was the program coordinator and led the SAARC delegation to Kathmandu. The National Focal-point Experts of the SAARC member states, Mr. Md. Goljar Hossain of Bangladesh, Mr. Druk Pola of Bhutan, Ms. I. Rani Kumudini of India, Mr. Hussain Ahmed of Maldives, Mr. Bhagwat Prasad of Nepal, Mr. Jahan Sher Khan of Pakistan, Mr. Don Ananda Athukorala of Sri Lanka and Dr S. S. Giri of SAC were in the delegation. Mr. Baikuntha Adhikari, Program Director, Directorate of Fisheries Development, and Mr. Prabesh Singh Kunwar, Senior Fisheries Development Officer, DoFD, Nepal, respectively were  the local coordinator and co-coordinator of the consultation meeting. The regional consultation was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Ram Krishna Yadav, Minister for Agriculture Development, Nepal as the chief guest and Dr. Suroj Pokhrel, Secretary, Ministry of Agricultural Development and Dr. Baidya Nath Mahato, Executive Director, Nepal Agricultural Research Council as the special guests.

The objectives of these three day regional consultation were: to prepare an inventory of feed ingredients, their nutritive values and farm-made  feed production and feeding practices followed in aquaculture in south Asian region; and to realize the importance of farm-made feeds for small-scale aquaculture and policy interventions for technological  and financial support to small-scale farmers. The consultation meeting was attended by more than 30 participants from different institutions and organizations from Nepal and the SAARC member countries. In successive technical sessions, eight country status paper and many oral presentations were made on farm-made fish feeds, food-feed scenario in South Asia, aquaculture systems and sustainability issues, capacity development in fish feeds and aquaculture and policy issues related to the theme. This was followed by separate working group discussion and policy recommendation for the SAARC Region drafted.

After the seminar, the participants had occasion to visit the trout farms in Nepal on 12th October and to further continue their discussions.

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SAC is the real SAARC

—SAARC Secretary-General


H. E. Mr. Arjun B. Thapa, Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) paid courtesy visit to SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) on Friday, 8 April 2016 during his visit to Bangladesh in connection with the Third Meeting of SAARC Ministers' of Agriculture held during 3-7 April 2016.

IMG_4923In an exchanged views meeting with SAC personnel’s, H. E. the Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation to the SAC for its activities, progress and success and playing a vital role in contributing towards the objectives of SAARC since its establishment in 1988. He mentioned that for first-class works, need good planning, best networking and better management. In the meeting he also discussed on the limited resources and staffs with low salary structure for SAC and calls for it’s up gradation.

H. E. Mr. Arjun B. Thapa, expressed SAARC’s unflinching commitment to provide all possible support to turn the SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) into a ‘centre of excellence’ so that it can contribute to making important scientific breakthrough in agriculture and rural development. He also mentions that SAC is one of the best centre of SAARC and you are the real SAARC.

Before that Director of SAC Dr. S.M. Bokhtiar offer warm welcome reception to the H.E. Secretary-General of SAARC. He also presented SAC’s present and future activities and urge for all support.

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