Visitors learn about water

By Country News

Sixteen people from Bangladesh’s Agriculture Ministry visited southern NSW water provider Murray Irrigation last week to learn about modern irrigation practices and river management approaches.

Murray Irrigation major engineering projects executive general manager Warren Jose said the visit to Murray Irrigation provided an opportunity for both parties to learn about cross-cultural agricultural practices and demonstrated the importance of farming to national economies.

‘‘Irrigation underpins successful farming practices, which are vital to communities across the world — especially emerging economies where investment in agriculture can help overcome long-term poverty,’’ Mr Jose said.

Bangladesh Department of Agriculture joint secretary Ruhul Amin Talukder said agriculture was the backbone of Bangladesh with 75 per cent of people living in villages that are directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture.

‘‘Our communities have less experience with modern farming practices; however, population growth is an increasing pressure for agricultural production,’’ he said.

‘‘The government’s policy is to achieve rapid poverty reduction and national economic growth, with agriculture playing a key role in achieving this.’’