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eAgro Conference held

Agricultural conference

The two day “eAg Conference 2014”, was held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on 3rd and 4th of December, 2014. The conference is organized by mPower Social Enterprises Ltd. and Bangladesh Institute of ICT for Development (BIID) and supported by USAID Ag Extension Project which is being implemented by Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Care Bangladesh and mPower Social Enterprises Ltd.

The focus of the conference was to demonstrate e-Agri innovations and progress in Bangladesh and in the South East Asia region. The 2-day conference consisted of plenary sessions, presentations, demonstrations and exhibitions on selected topics regarding e-Agriculture nationally and globally.

A field visit was also organized for interested participants to show case projects as well as field activities. The conference was formally inaugurated on 3rd of December at 9.30 am, 2014 by Chief Guest Dr. Abdur Razzak, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee, Ministry of Finance. Key Note was presented by Professor Mark Bell from University of California Davis. Special Guest on the occasion was Mr. Mike Robson, Country Representative of FAO Bangladesh. The Guest of Honor of the event was Anwar Faruque, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture.

USAID representative Mark Tagenfeldt was also present at the event. Kbd. Mr. Abdul Mannan MP, Member, Parliamentary Standing Committee of Agriculture was present at the closing ceremony which held on Dec 4th, 2014. We hereby like to declare to your esteemed media organization, that the two day “eAg Conference 2014”, was held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on 3rd and 4th of December, 2014.

The conference is organized by mPower Social Enterprises Ltd. and Bangladesh Institute of ICT for Development (BIID) and supported by USAID Ag Extension Project which is being implemented by Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Care Bangladesh and mPower Social Enterprises Ltd.

The eAg Conference 2014 hosted high-level government officials from almost all relevant agriculture institutes in the country, including Member of Parliament Standing Committee of Agriculture; Additional Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture; Representative of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC); Representative of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE); Representative of Department of Fisheries (DoF); Representative of Department of Livestock Service (DLS); Director General of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI); Assistant Chief of Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM); Chief Information Officer of Agriculture Information Service (AIS); and representatives from other relevant Government Agencies. The USAID Ag Extension Project is being implemented by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), with technical partners CARE Bangladesh and mPower Social Enterprises Ltd.

The goal of the project is to strengthen the existing agriculture extension system in southwest and central Bangladesh in order to make extension services available to smallholder

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