Workshop on “Sustainable Fertilizer Management”

The use of nitrogenous fertilizers in agriculture sector is constantly increasing to meet the food demand of the growing population of the world. The use of excess nitrogen fertilizers not only reduce the quality of soil, water and air but also affects the global climate by the emission of greenhouse gases. As one of the climate vulnerable countries of the world, proper and efficient management of nitrogen fertilizer is very important in the agricultural sector of Bangladesh. In this context, the Department of Soil Science of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University is carrying out activities to motivate the farmers of Tuknagar village of Kapasia upazila of Gazipur, known as the Technology Village of the university, to make efficient use of nitrogen fertilizer through the project “South Asian Nitrogen Hub”. In this connection, a workshop entitled “Sustainable Fertilizer Management” was held on 22/12/2021 at 10.00 am at the old auditorium of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University. The workshop was organized by Department of Soil Science, BSMRAU under the aegis of “UKRI GCRF South Asian Nitrogen Hub” project.

Prof. Dr. Md. Giashuddin Miah, honorable Vice-Chancellor of BSMRAU was present as the Chief Guest and Professor Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman, Department of Soil Science of BSMRAU and Country Lead of South Asian Nitrogen Hub Project chaired the workshop. Treasurer of BSMRAU Professor Tofayel Ahamed and Director Outreach of BSMRAU Prof. Dr. Emrul Kayesh, were present as special guests. Dr. Md. Arifur Rahman Khan anchored the program. Prof. Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman, the Lead of the project delivered welcome address and discussed the activities of the “South Asian Nitrogen Hub”.

In his speech, the Chief Guest asked the scientists and farmers to work together for maintaining soil health and sustainable agricultural production by proper fertilizer management. He further added that BSMRAU has been conducting research for better agricultural production under the changing climatic conditions. All the speakers of the workshop including the farmer’s representatives strongly recommended to conduct proper research on soil and fertilizer management by the scientists and dissemination of research findings among the farmers in order to increase agricultural production. In the technical session, two papers on Preparation of different composts, and Liming in acid soils were presented by Prof. Dr. Mohammed Saiful Alam and Prof. Dr. GKM Mustafizur Rahman, respectively. In the occasion, about 60 farmers of the Tuknagar village, professors, scientists of research organizations, extension workers and journalists from electronic and print media were present. The workshop organized by Department of Soil Science, BSMRAU and Financed by UKRI GCRF South Asian Nitrogen Hub.