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Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh (KIB) :Dr Syed Md Zainul Abedin

An ‘Agriculturist’ is a  graduate from any of the agricultural universities or faculties of Bangladesh or abroad .An ‘Agriculturist’  is also  known as ‘Krishibid’ which means one expert in ‘Agriculture’. The agricultural graduates popularly known as ‘Krishibid’ and ‘Agriculturist’ join the professional society Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh(KIB) which acts as the central body to look after the education,jobs,professional development,agricultural policy and development issues and relevant interests of  all members and concerned agricultural agencies.The leadership of the Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh(KIB) is elected through   countrywide election.The election is conducted by Election Commission at the centers located in all  Chapters spread over Bangladesh.

The Present executive council of Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh(KIB) was however elected uncontested for the years 2013 and 2014 term.A.F.M.Bahauddin Nasim and Mohammad Mobarak Ali have been elected  elected as the President and Secretary General respectively.Professor Dr.Kamal Uddin Ahmed has been elected as the Treasurer of the committee. Professor Dr.Shahidur Rashid Bhuiyan,Dr.Md.Rafiqul Islam Mandal,Md.Mohsin Miah,Dr.Md.Rafiqul Islam Mandal,Professor Dr.A.K.M Zakir Hossain,Mohammad Ataur Rahman,Md.Hamidur Rahman,Md.Khairul Alam (Prince) and Dr.G.M.Faruk(Dawn) are some members of the executive body.The full committee may be seen at this link:http://kib.org.bd/files/2012/12/Final-Result.pdf

The present leadership is taking interest in institutionalizing Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh(KIB).The activities of this forum was being organized from a century- old house situated in the former Dhaka Farm.The Dhaka Farm was established in 1905 with the goal of introducing modern agriculture on the basis of the recommendation of Famine Commission of India.The Dhaka Farm was also known as Manipuri Farm for a great number of farm laborers who came from Manipur of India and worked in the farm.The Dhaka Farm was a self contained body with laboratories,research institutes and educational centres.The Bangladesh Agricultural Institute located in the farm was later converted to Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) in 2001.As the little house was very inadequate to run the multifarious activities of Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh(KIB) its  leadership had worked hard to establish a multistory building.The new building of Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh(KIB) is being constructed in great speed and it is expected that it will be soon inaugurated for usual activities.

Bangladesh is an agricultural economy.Agriculture supports its major income,employment and vital activities.’Krishibids’ or ‘Agriculturists’ play major role in the development of Bangladesh.The national association of agricultural graduates,Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh has been  organizing ‘Krishibid Dibosh’ or ‘Agriculturists’  Day’  on 13 February each year for a number of years.Various events are organized  to review the achievements of the agricultural graduates and strengthen the contributions of the agricultural graduates for the development of Bangladesh.All agricultural agencies of Bangladesh observe this day and take vow for development of agricultural sector of Bangladesh.Graduates working in various government and non -government agencies,universities and private sectors happily  take part in the festivities of the day.

Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh helps promote the education of the talented children of Krishibids who study in various

universities of Bangladesh.It is awarding scholarships to a large number of talented students.The Institution also extends help and support to the ailing Krishibids when they seek  assistance.

The agricultural sector of Bangladesh is composed of crops,livestock,fisheries and forestry.Ministries of Agriculture,Livestock,Fisheries and Forestry of the government administration are mainly manned by the agricultural graduates.Besides,many banks,specialized agencies and NGOs hire Agricultural graduates for their programmes.

Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh regularly takes part in activities relating to planning,appraisal, implementation,execution and evaluation of agricultural    policies and programmes in Bangladesh.It interacts with various government agencies and organizations for realization of its objectives and goals.It also regularly observes various national events with due honor.

Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh(KIB) organizes traditional cultural events like Pahela Baishakh(the first day of Bengali year) with great enthusiasm.This events being organized in Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) premises for the last couple of years.The whole day programme starts with Panta Ilish and Pitha festival in the morning followed by seminar,discussion and lunch. The later part of the festival includes cultural events,games  and dinner.This annual festival is participated by a large number of Krishibids with their families.Another popular event of Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh(KIB) is its annual picnic.Members of the society join the picnic with their families in a scenic picnic spot out of Dhaka and enjoy the whole day there with many interesting activities.The last picnic was organized in Rangamati where more than a thousand individuals attended.The picnic was specially enjoyed by the children and wives of the members.They took part in many games,cultural function,quiz etc.They enjoyed the adjoining forest and photography  in the wonderful spot.You can see a photograph of the picnic at this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8451435387/

Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh maintains a website, http://kib.org.bd/ for sharing its activities with the members and concerned authorities.You are invited to visit the website and get the updates of the activities of   Krishibid Institution,Bangladesh(KIB).

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Cold Wave Hits Bangladesh:Is it An Indication of Climate Change?

The winter in Bangladesh was generally considered as pleasant.Usually lifestyle change in this season and many activities like,visiting countryside with family and friends, picnic,travels,sightseeing,festivals,fairs,ceremonies take place in this season.Many exotic and indigenous vegetables and fruits give the markets a colorful look and consumers make delicious  food items.One special activity in the winter of Bangladesh is making of various types of country cakes(locally called pitha) with rice,coconut,molasses made from the sap of  date palm,spices and many other ingredients.People generally relish these traditional food items when the invasion of imported foreign and locally machine made  packaged food items flood the market.

Foreign tourists also enjoy the pleasant winter weather of Bangladesh as it is almost similar to the summer of the west.This is why many foreigners from  the whole world and the migrant Bangladeshi people visit Bangladesh during winter.Cool temperature without any trouble of mud making rain give  delightful experience.

But,this winter that has started in December,2012 and rolled to January,2013 is different.Several cold waves have crippled the life of common people.They are struggling frantically to protect themselves from the bite of the shivering cold.Most people lack  sufficient warm clothing and this they are helpless in the foggy and wintry weather.Many children and old people have fallen victims of biting cold weather.News media reported 22 cases of death of humans up to 10 January.2013 .

The temperature in this winter has been recorded as the lowest in 58 years.Though the variation of temperature in different areas of the country may present a wrong picture about the severity of cold wave in particular places.The lowest temperature recorded in Dinajpur on 9 January,2013 was 3.2 degree Celsius while the highest was recorded in Cox’s Bazaar which was 11.8 degree Celsius.

Historically,the lowest temperature was recorded in Bangladesh in Srimangal, Moulvibazaar.The temperature was 2.8 degree Celsius and the day was 4 February,1968.The cold  temperature is mostly influenced by  various phenomena of weather.It has been observed that the adverse effects are many.Many kinds of diseases affect people in cold weather,domestic animals suffer badly in such weather.Crops like paddy  and potato production are badly affected by cold weather.The seedlings of winter paddy,called Boro rice get stunted by severe cold while potato may be damaged by fungal diseases like early and late blight.Mustard is another major crop of Bangladesh of winter which adds beauty to the nature by  its vast expanses of yellow flowers.This crop may be devastated by the attack of an insect pest called Aphid in the foggy weather.

The winter is one of six   vital  seasons of  Bangladesh.It would be a blessing unless the the people is devastated by cold waves.

This year the cold waves are biting hard causing great sufferings to peoples.Should we view the current winter as any indication

of climate change?I welcome the opinion of  experts in this discipline.

I will continue to update this article on the basis of real situation and opinion of experts.