Dhaka – The Department of State, through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at the United States Embassy in Bangladesh, organized a virtual media tour on February 8 entitled “The role of innovative technologies in solving agricultural challenges”. , 2022 to discuss science reporting on innovative agricultural technologies, including biotechnology, with media professionals and the vast potential of this innovative technology to improve outcomes for farmers, the environment and consumers.
“These new technologies promise to accelerate crop development, ensure farmers have access to more sustainable solutions, and give consumers safe and affordable access to food,” said the Embassy’s agricultural attaché. from the United States, Ms. Megan Francic.
Md. Arif Hossain, CEO and Executive Director of the FFB, hosted the virtual tour.
This virtual visit was part of a series of events organized in Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines. Farming Future Bangladesh (FFB), a science-based communication and community engagement organization, facilitated. The visit provided insight into communication practices in agricultural reporting, as well as the current status and importance of agricultural biotechnology in Bangladesh. Specific topics included genome editing, productivity, biosafety, food safety, diverse consumption and use, and regulatory challenges.
Senior journalists from seven print media participated in the media tour. Media personnel interacted with speakers and shared their views on the state, prospects and challenges of agricultural biotechnology. Participating journalists expressed that agricultural news should be data-driven and properly represent science, and they stressed the importance for the media to keep abreast of rapid innovations in agriculture nationally and internationally.
During a session titled “Agricultural Biotechnology Research and Development: Impacts, Challenges and Opportunities in Bangladesh”, Dr Rakha Hari Sarker, Professor, Department of Botany, University of Dhaka and Dr Aparna Islam, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Science Natural Sciences, BRAC University, spoke about the importance of advances in agricultural biotechnology and its potential to mitigate the effects of climate change and address “hidden hunger” or nutrient deficiency. They also highlighted the role of the media and communication professionals in disseminating factual information.
Participants also heard from Milon Mia, an eggplant farmer from Bogra district, who spoke about his positive experiences in planting genetically modified crops.
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