Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the Agriculturist Day in the city on Tuesday.
The programmes include rally, Pitha (cake) festival, discussion and handover of KIB Krishi Padak.
On the occasion, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages wishing all programmes of the day a success.
They also appreciated the initiatives of giving KIB Krishi Padak 2017 and 18 and greeted all concerned, including agriculturists and agriculture professionals.
Recalling the initiatives taken by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for the development of the agricultural sector, President Abdul Hamid, in his message, said Bangabandhu gave agriculturists first class status on the day in 1973, including modernising the sector.
"Mainly agriculture, farmers and agriculturists are interlinked . . . The new agri-technology, high-yielding seeds and agricultural inventions are helping the country to meet the food demand of 16 crore people," he added.
The President also said against the backdrop of modern human civilization, national growth without the development of agriculture is not possible here.
Production of other agricultural goods, including fish, meat, egg and milk, have also been boosted, Abdul Hamid said, hopping that the agriculturists and agri-scientists would contribute to build hunger and poverty free Sonar Bangla' dreamt by Bangabandhu.
Congratulating the recipients of KIB Krishi Award 2017 and 2018, the President said, "I believe that this recognition will further inspire them (agriculturists) to work for the development of the agriculture sector".
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman made a milestone in the history by upgrading the agriculturists to the class-I status aimed at achieving optimum success in agriculture sector.
Recalling the contributions of agriculturists to develop the sector, the premier said agricultural production has been increased three times higher despite having different challenges caused by chronological increase of population and decrease of cultivable land.
The KIB has been inspiring the country's noted agriculturists, famous agriculture institutions, successful agriculture entrepreneurs and farmers through providing them 'KIB Krishi Padak' as the recognition for their outstanding contributions to this sector.
Apart from performing professional duties, the agriculturists would continue their efforts to play an active role during the natural calamities of the country as friends of farmers.-BSS