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Agricultural Programmes of Television and Radio of Bangladesh : Syeda Tasnim Jannat

The electronic media of Bangladesh play vital role in disseminating and popularizing agricultural technologies.Among the electronic media television and radio contribute immensely for enhancing the spread of agricultural technologies.The regular extension service run by public agencies and non government organizations is strengthened by the contributions of electronic media.

You can have an idea from the following information that both  public and private electronic media are contributing for disseminating agricultural technologies.Since the economy of Bangladesh is chiefly  based on agriculture all electronic media should engage more time and resources on this sector.However,the electronic media who have come forward in popularizing agricultural technologies,practices and business must be congratulated for understanding the reality.

Agricultural Programmes of Television and Radio of Bangladesh


Media Programme (with brief description) Frequency
Bangladesh Television(BTV)Public terrestrial TV Channel 1.Mati o Manush(Soil and Man),a popular programme showing agricultural technologies and disseminating relevant information.2.Banglar Krishi(Agriculture of Bengal),regular daily technology disseminating programme3.Krishi Songbad(Agriculture News),agricultural news Telecast on five days a week at 0700 P.M. on Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday and at 0610 A.M. on Thursday and Friday.The programme is retelecast on the following days at 0810 A.M.2.Telecast everyday at 0725 A.M.3.Telecast regularly with news
Channel IPrivate TV Channel 1.Hridoye Mati o Manush(Soil and Man in the Heart)2.Hridoye Mati o Manusher Dak(Call of Soil and Man in the Heart)3.Krishi Songbad(Agriculture News) 1.Telecast on Saturday at 0935 P.M. and retelecast on Sunday at 1130 A.M.2.Telecast on 0305 P.M.3.Telecast regularly with all news
Bangla VisionPrivate TV Channel 1.Shaymol Bangla(Green Bangla) 1.Telecast on Thursday at 0550 P.M.Retelecast on Thurday at 0330 A.M.,Friday at 0830 A.M. and on Wednesday at 0930 A.M.
Boishakhi TelevisionPrivate TV Channel Krishi o Jibon(Agriculture and Life) Telecast on Sunday at 0620 A.M. and retelecast on Monday at 0230 A.M.
GTVPrivate TV Channel Shobuj Bangla(Green Bangla) Telecast on Friday at 0630 A.M.and retelecast on Friday at 0945 A.M.,Saturday at 1130 A.M. and Monday at 0530 P.M.
Bangladesh Betar,Dhaka(Radio Bangladesh,Dhaka) 1.Desh Amar Mati Amar(My Country My Soil),National programme2.Krishi Shomachar(Agricultural Affairs),National programme3.Shonali Foshol(Golden Crop),Regional Programme4.Shobuj Prantor(Green Field),National programme5.Shoshho Shaymol(Green Crop),National programme

6.Amar Desh(My Country),

National programme

1.Broadcast daily at 0705-0730 P.M.2.Broadcast daily at 0625-0630 A.M.3.Broadcast daily at 0605-0635P.M.4.Broadcast on Fridays at 0550-0600 P.M.5.Broadcast on the 3rd Thursdays at 0830-0900 P.M.6.Broadcast daily at 0435-0435 P.M.
Bangladesh Betar,Chittagong 1.Krishi Shomachar (Agricultural Affairs),Regional programme2.Krishi Khamar ( AgriculturalFarm),Regional programme 1.Broadcast daily at 0625-0630 A.M. in Summer and at 0655-0700 A.M.in Winter2.Broadcast daily at 0610-0650 P.M.
Bangladesh Betar,Khulna 1.Krishi Shomachar (Agricultural Affairs),Regional programme2.Chashabad(Cultivation),Regional programme 1.Broadcast daily at 0625-0630 A.M. in Summer and at 0655-0700 A.M.in Winter2.Broadcast daily at 0610-0650 P.M.
Bangladesh Betar,Rangpur 1.Krishi Shomachar (Agricultural Affairs),Regional programme2.Khet Khamare(In Field and Farm),Regional programme 1.Broadcast daily at 0625-0630 A.M. in Summer and at 0655-0700 A.M.in Winter2.Broadcast daily at 0605-0635 P.M.
Bangladesh Betar,Rajshahi 1.Khet Khamar Shomachar ( Affairs of Field and Farm),Regional programme2.Shobuj Bangla(Green Bangla),Regional programme 1.Broadcast daily at 0625-0630 A.M. in Summer and at 0655-0700 A.M.in Winter2.Broadcast daily at 0605-0645P.M.
Bangladesh Betar,Sylhet 1.Ajker Chashabad(Today’s Cultivation),Regional programme2.Shaymol Sylhet(Green Sylhet),Regional programme 1.Broadcast daily at 0625-0630 A.M. in Summer and at 0655-0700 A.M.in Winter2.Broadcast daily at 0605-0645P.M. except Friday
Bangladesh Betar,Rangamati Khamarbari (Farmhouse),Regional programme Broadcast daily at 0320-0330 P.M.
Bangladesh Betar,Bandarban Krishikotha(Agriculture Talk),Regional programme Broadcast on Sunday,Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday at 0405-0425 P.M.
Bangladesh Betar,Barisal Krishikotha(Agriculture Talk),Regional programme Broadcast on Saturday,Monday,Tuesday,Thursday and Friday at 0315-0335 P.M.
Bangladesh Betar,Cox’s Bazar Shonali Prantor(Golden Field),Regional programme Broadcast on Friday,Saturday,Sunday and Tuesday at 0305-0330 P.M.
Bangladesh Betar,Thakurgaon Kishan Mati Desh(Farmer Soil Country),Regional programme Broadcast on Friday,Saturday,Monday and Wednesday at 0605-0630 P.M.
Bangladesh Betar,Comilla Shujola Shufola (Well-watered Well-produced )Regional programme Broadcast on Sunday,Tuesday,and Thursday at 0520-0530 P.M.
Agricultural Radios

Various programmes ,

Regional programme

Broadcast daily from morning till night

Boishakhi TelevisionPrivate TV Channel          Shofolotar Shat Rong(Seven Colors of Success)                                                                                                                                                Broadcast on Saturday at 0300 P.M.

Estema- Doa and world peace:Syed Mohd. Saleh Uddin

Bangladesh has three world heritage sites. The Shat Gombuj Mosque in Bagerhat is one of them. It is a 15th century Islamic edifice situated in the suburbs of Bagerhat (a district in Khulna Division), on the edge of the Sundarbans, some 175 km south west of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It is an enormous Moghol architectural site covering a very large area (160 x 108) square feet. The mosque is unique in that, it has sixty pillars, which support eighty one (81) exquisitely curved domes that have worn away with the passage of time. The structure of the building also represents the 15th century Turki architectural view. It is anticipated that, before 1459 a greatest devotee of Islam named Khan Jahan Ali established this mosque. He was also the founder of Bagerhat district.

Just at about 1145 Bangladesh time on January 18 in 2015 the last supplication (Akheri Munajat) of 2nd time congregation(Tongi Biswa Estema) is concluded. An Indian Maulana (ameer) was leading the Munajat in Arabic and an Indian language. He humbly urged for the world peace  and for the peace hereafter to all mighty Allah. Millions of Muslims worldwide (in the Estema and before TV) rose their hands in Islamic tradition to invoke to Allah with him and said ‘Ameen’. In the Doa was also included, “O-Allah grant us ever lasting peace!”

At the same time there were processions in Paris and else where of millions participants  for world peace. As a philanthropist I am also one of the peace loving people but my urge to powerful world leaders to impose little limitation to the works of writers like me to not hurt any one’s religious feelings. A true Muslim will never dare to dishonor any of the prophets of Jews and Christians, not only that they are also honorable prophets of Muslims’ faith. As in the Holy Quran Allah says in Sura al-Bakarah:

4. And who believe in (the Qur’an and the Sunnah) which has been sent down (revealed) to you (Muhammad Peace be upon him ) and in [the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel), etc.] which were sent down before you and they believe with certainty in the Hereafter. (Resurrection, recompense of their good and bad deeds, Paradise and Hell, etc.).

5. They are on (true) guidance from their Lord, and they are the successful.

6. Verily, those who disbelieve, it is the same to them whether you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him ) warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe.

7. Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, (i.e. they are closed from accepting Allah’s Guidance), and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be a great torment.

So, after pronounce of the name of a prophet of old and new testaments a Muslim must say ‘Alaihi Wasallam’ i.e. peace be upon him.  But when some one dishonor the prophet of Islam  some of the big world leaders say about freedom of writing and creativity will be maintained! Fact is that when works of a writer like me or any big writer will hurt other citizens of a country who are followers of other creeds that may disturb peace in their mind what all must realize. If for any writing or work of any one, peace of the mind of a group is lost then big processions will not cause peace in their mind rather there will be fear. There must be slogans for peaceful living together of all the citizens of a country who profess different religions and cultures. Estema means gathering. So, above gatherings are also a type of Estema. I hope leaders will be  sincere enough to work for practical peace to make the world a good place to live for all human races of different colors, creeds, nationalities etc.

Now let us come back to Estema of Tabligue Zamat. Their purpose in the Akheri Munazat was sincere urge for lasting peace but for it they tell about spare of time, wealth and efforts. It means to learn and practice Islam one will have to come out from home for some time what will help them to be a good Muslim. They will have to spend their own money what is required for those days. Days are also specified i.e. in each month its members will be away from home for

three days, except it in each year they will have to spare 40 days time for the same purpose. In long leisure time, a member will have to spare three chilla i.e. 120 days for the same purpose. Then well to do members may go for foreign countries. Actually main aim of Tabligi Estema is management and co-ordination of above programs annually. However, in Bangladesh Kakrail mosque through out the year is managing this activities. As its programs is non political in nature, it is favorite to common peoples. So in the Doa of Estema there is no trace of politics of a country or world terrorist activities and no condition is uttered like world leaders for peace while they urge about world peace to Allah.

Most of the people of concluded Estema by this time are back to their homes, but from the Moidan many groups are moving to all over the Bangladesh to stay in the mosques for their teaching and learning mission of Islam. For few days they will stay in a mosque then will again move for a new mosque. They will follow their own teaching and learning program and with it they will also invite people of mosque area to attend their amal(deeds) in the mosque.

There are groups who will go to foreign countries too. There they will work over particularly immigrant Muslims and Muslims of that country. In the west Muslims are attracted by their materialistic cultures who are leading religion free life. It means in those countries many of the  inhabitants irrespective of colors and creeds loosely follow their own religions.

To them religious beliefs reached to the lowest levels for their materialistic philosophy. So, among he people of those countries churches and other religious place have little importance. So, called open life is increasing rapidly. Extra-marital dating, free living together, mono/homo-sex marriage, sodomy etc  practices are gaining popularity and taking wine or any other alcoholic drinks are not restricted. These are available everywhere. Though these are not approved by the  major religions of the world. Because any  prophets of the past including Moses, Jesus and last prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did not preach unethical life.

So, many of Muslims there are not save from such practices. That is why Tabligue Zamat work there over such Muslims to bring back to normal Islamic life. They call them to Mosque, the spiritual center for Muslims. There they talk about individuals temporal and eternal peace. As for the non Muslim their teaching is as the teaching of the Holy Quran.


Bangladesh Scholarship Opportunities (Taken from the website of Michigan State University )

Bangladesh Scholarship Opportunities

There are scholarship opportunities for staff and faculty of some institutions of Bangladesh.The opportunity was announced in the following link:


Interested staff and faculty of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institution (BARI),Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI),Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI),Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU),Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU),University of Dhaka (Department of Fisheries, only) and Khulna University are invited to apply for the scholarship opportunities.








Bangladesh Scholarship Opportunities

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Announcement of Scholarship Opportunities

Under the Borlaug Higher Education forAgricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program

Under its Feed the Future initiative, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program. Implemented by Michigan State University (MSU), the BHEARD program honors the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug. The program will support long-term training of agricultural and food security researchers and policy advisors at the master’s and doctoral levels. This is a major new effort to increase the number of agricultural scientists and policy advisors and strengthen scientific institutions in developing countries.

Bangladesh has been selected as one of nine countries for the third cohort of BHEARD Fellows. The scholarships will support study in the United States or other selected countries, beginning in August 2015. Availability of scholarships is contingent upon sufficient funding from USAID. Training programs will cover up to three years of courses for doctoral students. Course work will be undertaken at a U.S. or regional university, and the student’s research project will be conducted in Bangladesh.

Eligibility is limited to current staff or faculty members from the following institutions:

  • Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institution (BARI)
  • Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI)
  • Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI)
  • Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU)
  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU)
  • University of Dhaka (Department of Fisheries, only)
  • Khulna University

  Priority will be given to applicants who desire training in the following subject areas:

  • Agribusiness
  • Agri-Economics
  • Fisheries
  • Horticulture
  • Plant Pathology (Virology sub-discipline)

The Trainee Selection Committee will review applications and select candidates based on the following criteria:

  1. Current and future role at one of Bangladesh’s agricultural research institutions or universities listed above.
  2. Bangladeshi national residing in Bangladesh.
  3. Strong academic performance at the Bachelor’s level (first or upper second class pass) or Master’s level. Relevant educational background and professional experience.
  4. Strong written and spoken English language skills, as determined by the applicant’s score on either the TOEFL or the IELTS exam.
  5. Under 35 years of age for PhD applicants; an exception may be made for female PhD candidates up to the age of 40.

Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

 Applications and application procedures may be obtained fromhttp://www.bheard.isp.msu.edu/ or by emailing [email protected].

The application deadline is 15 July 2014.


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The Banyan Tree : A Poem by Dr.Syed Md. Zainul Abedin

Birds sing on the banyan tree
A new book will be launched soon
A new Bangladesh is born in February
New knowledge is presented to be known
The writer looks at the people
He is happy to see the zeal among them
Their eager eyes glitter like ripple
They love books more than gemThe banyan tree witnessed for hundred years
What happened in the sacred Bangla Academy
The nation built the place with blood and tears
Which hosts now the prestigious ceremony
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Guests spoke one by one about the book
The writer expressed the exciting story of writing
The audience was impressed by his charming look
Photos were taken for recording everythingThe banyan tree witnessed another  ceremony
A new book started its cheerful journey

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Seminar on Urban Mosquito Problem:Current Status and Management Options

A seminar has been organized by Zoological Society of Bangladesh on 1 February 2014 at the Conference Room of National Press Club,Dhaka,Bangladesh.The seminar is very important in the context of growing problems caused by mosquitoes in the recent years.
The seminar entitled,”Urban Mosquito Problem:Current Status and Management Options” will be attended by Mr. Sunil Kanti Bose, Chairman, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission as the Chief Guest.Dr. Manjur A. Chowdhury, President, Zoological Society of Bangladesh will chair the seminar.
The detailed program of the seminar has been given below:

Seminar Program

Venue Conference Room, National Press Club, Topkhana Road, Dhaka

Date February 1, 2014 (Saturday)

10.30 AM Registration of participants. (Tea / Coffee)

11.00 AM Opening remarks, introduction of guests and speakers by Prof. Khan Habibur

Rahman, Vice President, Zoological Society of Bangladesh

11.10 AM Urban Mosquito Problem: An Overview.

Mr. Tauhid Uddin Ahmed, Former Head, Department of Entomology, IEDCR

11.15 AM Current Mosquito Population Density and Distribution in Dhaka City Area

Dr. Kabirul Bashar, Associate Professor, Department of Zoology,

Jahangirnagar University, Savar

11.30 AM Integrated Mosquito Management for Dhaka City: An Environment

Friendly Option.

Dr. Manjur A. Chowdhury, President, Zoological Society of Bangladesh

11:50 AM Role of Media in Integrated Mosquito Management Program

Mr. Masood Kamal, Senior News Editor, Banglavision

12.00 Noon Address by the Chief Guest, Mr. Sunil Kanti Bose,

Chairman, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission

12:15 PM Open Discussion

12:45 PM Address by Dr. Manjur A. Chowdhury, President, Zoological Society

of Bangladesh.

12:55 PM Concluding remarks and vote of thanks

Prof. Khan Habibur Rahman, Vice President, Zoological Society of Bangladesh

01:00 PM Lunch

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Flag : A Poem by Dr Syed Md Zainul Abedin

I met the little boy on the street
He was running with a flag in his hand
He was following  the colorful musical band
His little flag seemed to dance and greet

The boy told me,see the Victory Day
Showing the paper flag glued to a stick
His point was simple yet very symbolic
He enjoyed the festivity in his play 

He insisted me to go with him for fun
He craved to join the running children
He didn’t want to miss the joyful run
Waving  flag with  music was his  heaven

I was spell bound and ran fast with him
The boy became  happy winning his dream

(A little boy of Bangladesh celebrates The Victory Day of his nation on 16 December 2013)

You are invited to read the poem with reviews at the following link:



Overcoming smallholder challenges with biotechnology(Taken from FAO website for further dissemination)

The article is taken from FAO website for further dissemination.This article may be accessed at the following link:


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Overcoming smallholder challenges with biotechnology

From breeding to bugs, a new FAO publication looks at biotechnologies at work in small-scale crop, livestock and fish production


Harvesting Jian carp from a pond.

29 October 2013, Rome – A new FAO publication calls for greater national and international efforts to bring agricultural biotechnologies to smallholder producers in developing countries.

The publication, Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders: Case Studies from Developing Countries in Crops, Livestock and Fish, asserts biotechnologies can help smallholders to improve their livelihoods and food security.

Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders covers 19 case studies in crops, livestock and fisheries, written by scientists and researchers worldwide. It describes the practical realities and experiences of taking biotechnology research and applying it in smallholder production of bananas, cassava, rice, livestock, shrimp and more, in different parts of the developing world.

The case studies encompassed a wide range of biotechnologies. They included older or “traditional” ones like artificial insemination and fermentation, and cutting-edge techniques involving DNA-based methodologies – but not genetic modification.

The publication was prepared by a multi-disciplinary team at FAO as part of an agricultural biotechnologies project partially funded by the Government of Canada.

“With the right institutional and financial arrangements, governments, research institutions and organizations can help to bring biotechnologies to smallholders, improving their capacity to cope with challenges like climate change, plant and animal diseases, and the overuse of natural resources,” said Andrea Sonnino, Chief of FAO’s Research and Extension Unit.

Case studies

Four case studies were from India, two from China and one each from Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Cuba, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand.

Researchers used their knowledge of DNA markers to develop a flood-tolerant rice variety in India with a potential yield of 1-3 tons per hectare more than previously used varieties, under flood conditions. After being released in 2009, the new variety, Swarna-Sub1, spread rapidly and was used by three million farmers in 2012.

“In summary, submergence-tolerant varieties provided opportunities for improving and stabilizing yields in flash flood-affected areas, significantly contributing to national food security,” stated Uma Singh and colleagues from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) who prepared the case study.

In China, the Jian carp was developed using within-family genetic selection and gynogenesis (a reproductive technology resulting in all-female offspring that have only received genes from their mother). The Jian carp is now grown on about 160,000 fish farms and makes up over 50 percent of common carp production in China.|

In northern Cameroon, the use of DNA-based diagnostic tools in the field allowed veterinary authorities to quickly diagnose outbreaks of Peste des Petits Ruminants, a highly contagious viral disease affecting goats and sheep. Rapid and accurate disease diagnosis meant that the authorities could stamp out these outbreaks and stop the spread of the fatal disease to other flocks.

“Without this rapid response, thousands of sheep and goats would likely have succumbed to the disease during these outbreaks, leading to millions of CFA francs in losses,” affirmed Abel Wade and Abdoulkadiri Souley from the National Veterinary Laboratory (LANAVET) in Cameroon.

The editors say biotechnologies can improve crop-, livestock- and fish-related livelihoods by boosting yields and enhancing market access. Introducing new and traditional biotechnologies on family farms can also keep production costs down and improve sustainable management of natural resources.

Lessons learned

The publication offers lessons from the case studies which can be used to inform and assist policymakers in making decisions on programs involving biotechnologies. High up on the list was the need for national political commitment to improving smallholder productivity and livelihoods; financial support from non-governmental sources to supplement national efforts; and, long-term national investment in both people and infrastructure linked to science and technology.

The publication also found international and national partnerships were vital for achieving results, as was the sharing of genetic resources, techniques and know-how across national and continental borders.

Biotechnologies at work for smallholders
 also underlines the importance of involving smallholders in the process at all stages, taking into consideration their knowledge, skills and own initiatives.

Bangladesh – ADB: 40 Years of Development Partnership(for further dissemination)

Date: October 2013
Type: Books
ISBN: 978-92-9254-266-5 (print), 978-92-9254-267-2 (web)
Price: US$32.00 (hard copy)


Bangladesh has made impressive socioeconomic gains with a steady rise in its gross domestic product, a decrease in overall rates of poverty, boost in social development, and steady movement toward achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

ADB has been a key partner in Bangladesh’s struggle for a better future since 1973 by contributing to critical socioeconomic and governance reforms. As of 31 December 2012, ADB’s cumulative lending amounted to about $14.1 billion for 234 loans, and its technical assistance grants amounted to $221.7 million for 389 projects.

The country is also one of the largest recipients of concessional Asian Development Fund resources. ADB has been the second-largest source of development financing, and one of the lead financiers in energy, transport, education, water supply and sanitation, agriculture and natural resources, and finance sectors of Bangladesh.


  • Bangladesh – ADB Development Partnership: An Overview
  • Transport: Connectivity to Progress
  • Education: Building the Future
  • Energy: Energy for Prosperity
  • Urban: Water Supply and Other Municipal Infrastructure and Services
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Finance: Helping Strengthen the Financial Markets
  • Private Sector Development: Catalyzing Private Sector Participation in Development
  • Regional Cooperation and Integration: Improving Subregional Integration for Prosperity
  • Climate Change: In Quest of Green Growth
  • Gender and Development: Empowering Women
  • Governance: Good Governance for Shared Development
  • Bangladesh-ADB Partnership: Looking Forward
     (I am pleased to publish this brief information of ADB publication entitled,”Bangladesh – ADB: 40 Years of Development Partnership” for further dissemination.The information was collected from ADB website and it may be accessed at the following link:http://www.adb.org/publications/bangladesh-adb-40-years-development-partnership)