Bangladesh Crop Protection Association (BCPA) and Katalyst organised an experience sharing workshop on “Safe and Judicious Use of Pesticide (SUP) intervention” at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh in Dhaka on 20th December 2016.
Mr. Ruman Hafiz, Chairman of BCPA, discussed the association’s initiatives for promoting safe and judicious use of pesticide and the association’s future plan. Mr. Gupta Bahadur Banjara, Head of Capitalisation, Communication and External Relations at Katalyst, shared the experience of partnership work with BCPA and pointed out some success of the SUP intervention.
The objective of the workshop was to disseminate the learning and experience of the SUP program of BCPA among industry stakeholders and encourage the chemical pesticide companies to incorporate SUP program in their core marketing plan and activities.
Mr. Mahbub Rahman, Convener of Stewardship Sub Committee of BCPA shared the association’s experience in implementing SUP among the participants. Recipients of training organized by BCPA were also invited to share their knowledge and learning from the training. Ms. Mehjabin Ahmed, Acting Head of Sectors of Katalyst shared some of the impact stories from the field and explained how incorporating SUP in the marketing activities can be beneficial for private pesticide companies.
Representatives from private pesticide companies, Department of Agricultural Extension, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Bangladesh Institute of Management, Bangladesh Jute Research Institute, Cotton Development Board, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute and Bangladesh Jute Research Institute graced the occasion with their presence.
Kbd. Md. Manjurul Hannan, Director, Administration & Finance Wing, Department of Agricultural Extension, Kbd. Md. Golam Maruf, Director, Plant Protection Wing (PPW), Department of Agricultural Extension and Professor Dr. Kamaluddin Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University were also present in the event.
So far BCPA and Katalyst have trained more than 1000 retailers and accessed over 114,000 farmers in its cooperation in phase III (2014-2016). Moreover, BCPA with support of Katalyst, launched the Basic Training for Crop Protection Professionals (BTCCP) course with Bangladesh Institute of Management for the field staff of BCPA and private pesticide companies. The training course will help the association and the private companies to ensure a constant flow of human resource in the market with knowledge on SUP and marketing of pesticides. In addition, BCPA organised separate training for women members of the farmers’ family and introduced practical demonstration of pesticide application for the farmers at the field level.