Agri machinery makers demand 80% subsidy
The government should provide at least 80 per cent subsidy to farmers to bring agriculture machinery within their purchasing capacity.
Representatives of farmers, agriculture machinery manufacturers and importers made the call at "National Workshop on Agricultural Mechanization Project through Integrated Management" held at the auditorium of Krishibid Institution Bangladesh in Khamarbari area of Dhaka today.
To speed up agricultural mechanization across the country, they also urged the government to provide bank loans and distribute agriculture machinery to small entrepreneurs in villages.
The government is currently giving 70 per cent subsidy to farmers of haor areas and 50 per cent subsidy to the farmers of rest parts of the country to buy agriculture machinery from the current fiscal year.
Addressing the workshop as chief guest, Agriculture Minister Mohammad Abdur Razzaque said the government is planning to provide bank loans to the farmers so that they can afford the rest of the money that is required after getting the subsidy.
He said they want to produce agriculture machinery locally to reduce the dependency on import as most of the machinery is brought from abroad.
"Besides, we are giving importance to produce spare parts and machinery repair factories so that the opportunity of employment can increase locally," Razzaque said.