H.E. Alhaj Md Abdul Latif Biswas, MP, Honorable Minister of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock (MoFL) inaugurated an orientation workshop on UZBMO-Samity model and Public Private Initiative (PPI) on 18 December 2011 in Belkuchi, Sirajgonj. The workshop oriented the upazila level traders, farmers and government officers on UZBMO-Samity model and PPI and discussed the benefits of the network.
Under the Improving Local Government Services (ILGS) interventions, Katalyst developed the UZBMO-Samity model where upazila level Business Membership Organizations (UZBMOs) induct farmer groups (Samities) and link them with the local extension offices.
ILGS interventions aim to complement regular extension channels by facilitating the formation of UZBMO-Samity network and PPI at local level. PPI is a sector based forum where relevant extension officials, farmer and private sector representatives regularly meet, discuss and address sectoral issues on resource sharing basis.
The Honorable Minister appreciated the model by saying that it would act as complementary channel for extension service delivery and support the concerned line departments – Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Department of Livestock Services (DLS) and Department of Fisheries (DoF). He also expressed that the PPI concept will be effective for agricultural development as public and private partnerships is important.
Syed Arif Azad, Director General- Department of Fisheries (DoF) and Md. Aminul Islam, Deputy Commissioner (Siragonj) were present as special guests. Among others, Md. Yousuf Khan, Chief Fisheries Extension Officer (DoF) and Dr. Md. Abu Sayeed, Assistant Director (DoF) were also present on behalf of the inter-departmental task force, which is in charge of government led pilots of the interventions.