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Govt to provide smart cards to 2.27 crore farmers

Staff Reporter:

Agriculture Secretary Wahida Akter yesterday said that the government will provide smart cards to 2.27 crore farmers, aiming to promptly reach them with incentives and other services.
The agriculture secretary disclosed the matter while speaking at a regional workshop of the Pro-gram on Agricultural and Rural Transformation for Nutrition, Entrepreneurship, and Resilience in Bangladesh (PARTNER) held at Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) in Cumilla, a press release said.
PARTNER is a project under the Ministry of Agriculture, the release added.
Wahida said all kinds of information about the farmers will be available in the smart card and they will be able to purchase agriculture inputs with the cards.
Addressing the workshop, speakers informed that new varieties of high-yielding rice will be culti-vated on two lakh hectares of land, and high-yielding pulses, oil, vegetables, and fruits will be cul-tivated on two lakh hectares of land under the project.
Moreover, one lakh hectares of land will be brought under new irrigation technology, they added.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) Director General Badal Chandra Biswas presided over the event.

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