Agriculture reporting is crucial for sustainable development

Hasanul Haq Inu addresses the ceremony.

Dhaka, 27 March, 2016: Reporting on agriculture in the media is very crucial for sustainable development of the country, said Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu today.

“To spread new concepts and technology among farmers, there is a need for agriculture journalism,” said the minister.

He was addressing the publication ceremony of the revised edition of a book “Krishi Sangbadikata” (Agriculture Journalsim) at the senate building, Dhaka University (DU).

Hasanul Haq Inu addresses the ceremony.

Hasanul Haq Inu addresses the ceremony.

SoMaSHTe led the publication of the book with the support from Katalyst while Chandraboti Academy, a leading publishing house published the book.

The book was first published in 2012. The latest edition was edited by DU television and film studies department (DTFS) Chairman AJM Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan. In line with the syllabus of DTFS’s agriculture journalism, the contents of the new edition reorganized and extended which were written by noted agriculturists, educationists and journalists.

Alam said there were insufficient reports in the media on agriculture. “We’ve introduced course on agriculture journalism,” he said, adding that the journalism students would read the book as a textbook.

Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Md Shahidur Rashid Bhuiyan suggested including bio-diversity and invention of new varieties of crops in the next edition of the book.

Shakhawat Ali Khan, former professor of DU, stressed inclusion of “jhum cultivation”.

Chief Information Commissioner Dr M Golam Rahman, among others, addressed the programme presided over by DU VC AAMS Arefin Siddique.