Canadian university opens regional office for agri research in Dhaka

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Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque inaugurated the regional office of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council premises in Dhaka’s Farmgate area. Photo: Collected

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Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque inaugurated the regional office of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council premises in Dhaka’s Farmgate area. Photo: Collected

A regional office of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS), a research organisation of Canadian Saskatchewan University, has been opened in Dhaka to help agricultural researchers in the country to gain advanced knowledge and skills.

The office was inaugurated at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council premises in Farmgate area today.

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Usually, GIFS works with partners to discover, develop and deliver innovative solutions for the production of globally sustainable food.

In Bangladesh, this centre will help agricultural researchers to gain advanced knowledge and skills in tackling the challenges posed in agriculture, including climate change.

While inaugurating the centre, Agriculture Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque said the Saskatchewan region has a worldwide reputation for producing versatile and quality agro-food.

“As a result of opening this office in Dhaka, their technology and experience can be utilized. Cooperation between Bangladesh and Canada in the field of agriculture will be further strengthened,” he said.

Razzaque also reiterated that during the tenure of the present government, unimaginable success has been achieved in agricultural production in the country.

“But there are many challenges in the future to sustain and increase the growth of agricultural production. The GIFS regional office will play an important role in addressing these challenges and making food security sustainable,” he added.

Joining the inauguration ceremony virtually, David Marit, agriculture minister of the Saskatchewan government, said the establishment of this office would further enhance cooperation between the two countries in the field of agriculture.

“We need to work together to meet the food needs of a growing population and make food security sustainable. To this end, the two countries will work together,” he added.

An agreement was also signed between GIFS-Canada and BARC at today’s programme over the establishment of the office. BARC Executive Chairman Shaikh Mohammad Bokhtiar and GIFS Chief Operating Officer Stephen Visscher signed the deal on behalf of their organisations.

Meanwhile, Md Mesbahul Islam, senior secretary of agriculture ministry; Benoit Préfontaine, Canadian ambassador to Dhaka; Khalilur Rahman, Bangladesh ambassador to Canada; Bangabandhu Research Chair at GIFS Andrew Sharpe; Baljit Singh, vice-president (research) at the University of Saskatchewan; and Md Ruhul Amin Talukder, additional secretary of agriculture ministry also spoke at the programme.

Earlier on February 10, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council and Global Institute for Food Security to establish Bangabandhu Research Chair and the regional office of GIFS in Dhaka and ‘Bangabandhu-Pierre Trudeau Agricultural Technology Centre.

According to the agriculture ministry, Bangabandhu Chair in GIFS-Canada has already been set up. In addition, a project on biotechnology, jointly funded by the Bangladesh Krishi Gobeshona Foundation (KGF) and GIFS-Canada, has already been approved by the KGF Board.

Another project on the establishment of Bangabandhu-Pierre Trudeau Agricultural Technology Centre is being prepared at Bangladesh Rice Research Institute with GoB funding. GIFS-Canada will provide technical assistance for the implementation of the project, the ministry said in a press release.

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