Prof Rafiqul Haque, vice chancellor of Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, hands over money to a farmer as teachers, officers and employees of the university buy 500 maunds of potato from growers in Pirganj upazila under Rangpur district on the premises of Dumarimithipur Government Primary School in the upazila on Friday. PHOTO: STAR
The authorities of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) on Friday bought 500 maunds (20 tonnes) of potato from growers of Pirganj upazila in Rangpur, initiating a process to make a direct link between growers and consumers to save the farmers from losses during the harvesting season.
They bought potato for Tk 7 per kilogram although its current market prices have fallen between Tk 1.5 to Tk 2 due to good yield in the districts of Rangpur division, an area famous for large-scale potato production.
Following a decision of the BAU teachers, officers and employees to purchase 100 kg of potato each directly from the growers in Pirganj, their representatives went to Duramithipur Government Primary School premises in Pirganj upazila on Friday afternoon and bought 500 maunds of potato from over 50 marginal farmers.
On the occasion, BAU Journalists Association and shobujbangladesh24.com organised a programme styled 'BAU beside the Potato Growers of Pirganj.'
Addressing the programme as chief guest, BAU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Md Rafiqul Haque urged the businessmen and entrepreneurs of the country to stand beside the farmers, especially the marginal ones, to save from losses due to price fall.
Dr Md Shahiduzzaman, editor in chief of shobujbangladesh24.com, presided over the function attended by hundreds of potato growers, businessmen and local leaders.
The growers cultivated potato in about 4.40 lakh hectares of land in Rangpur division this season and the production target of 86.56 lakh tonnes has already exceeded, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension.
But many growers of the region are yet to harvest the produce due to drastic fall in selling prices.