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SAARC Agriculture Centre

A team comprising of Dr. S.M. Bokhtiar (Director), Dr.Ashis Kumar Samanta (Senior Programme Specialist – Livestock) and Dr. Younis Ali (Senior Technical Officer), visited Rangpur on 7th April, 2019 to witness the sustainable agriculture activities carried out by Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA). The varietal seed trial of multiple crops including chili, tomato, guava, brinjal, beetroot, ber (Ziziphusmauritiana), mango, Moringa oleifera under different experimental conditions were explained by Md. Farhad Zamil (country Director) and Md. Shahinur Islam. They also explained how appropriate spacing of rice seedling ensured farmers to enhance the crop yield. Out of the 100 “Farmer’s Hub”  established in Rangpur Division, the team visited two “Farmer’s Hub” located at village Parbatipur and Birgonj. All the “Farmer’s Hub” are formed by the technical guidance of SFSA.  The farmers confessed the benefits accrued as a result of establishment of “Farmer’s Hub”, including selling of their produce, reduction of drudgery, availability of quality seed and seedlings, pesticides, fertilizer, farm machineries. The team visited GBK-E Ltd – Master Franchise of SFSA Farmer’s Hub and interacted with Mr. Moazzem Hossain, the Chief Executive Officer, Gram Bikash Kendra, Haldibari, Parbatipur, Dinajpur district.. The visit was formally ended by closing remarks of Dr. S.M. Bokhtiar for developing partnership towards sustainable agricultural production to ensure food and livelihood security in South Asia.