Workshop for farmers of SAARC countries

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Bhopal, Sep 21 (UNI)In a bid to evolve a strategy to provide succor to the small farmers of the SAARC countries, a three-day 'Regional Workshop on Farm Mechanisation for Small Holder Agriculture' will be held at the Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering here from September 22.

The Director of SAARC Agriculture Centre(SAC), Dhaka, Dr Wais Kabir, said ''The major objectives of the workshop are stocktaking of status of small-holder farm mechanisation and identifying the feasable areas of collaborative programmes and activities to address problems and issues concerning small-holder farm mechanisation.'' Dr Kabir said the workshop would also provide information on machine usage, current programmes, present and envisaged problems and prospects and relevant national policies in the respective member countries.

He stressed the need for evolving a broad frame work to resolve the agricultural problems in the SAARC and thereof, providing food security in this region.

Dr Kabir the participants would present papers on research, development and technology transfer in agricultural mechanisation while the other paper would be on polices and extension programmes related small holder farm mechanisation.

Two participants each from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka would take part in the workshop.

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