Twenty-eight individuals and four organisations received Bangabandhu Jatiya Krishi Puroshkar 1420 on Thursday for their outstanding contributions to different fields in agriculture.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over the awards, the highest state recognition in the agriculture sector, at a function held at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka city on Thursday morning.
The Ministry of Agriculture organised the function with Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury in the chair. Fisheries and Livestock Minister Mohammad Sayedul Haque was present at the function as a special guest.
The awards (Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award 1420) included five gold medals, nine silver and 18 bronze medals, according to a news agency report.
Those received the gold medals are Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Mosammat Nurunnahar of Iswardi, Pabna, Mohammad Abdul Quiyum Majumdar of Matlab (North), Chandpur, Niva Rani Bishwash of Monirampur, Jessore and Shakti Kirtania of Tungipara, Gopalganj.
The winners of the silver medals are Jahangir Alam Shah of Manda, Naogaon, Md Amzad Hossain of Shibganj, Bogra, Engineer Md Abdul Hamid of Bangladesh Rural Development Academy, Comilla, Bangladesh Sugar Crop Research Institute, Iswardi, Pabna, the No 73 Soikerchar CIG (Crop) Mohila Samabaya Samity Ltd, Shibpur, Narsingdi, Md Atikur Rahman, Naldanga, Natore, Alhaz Md Abdus Salam Sarkar, Mithapukur, Rangpur, Md Azmal Hossain, Shibganj, Bogra and Md Shamsuddin Mondal, Mohadevpur, Naogaon.
Those who received bronze medals are Manindra Nath Singha, Mirzapore, Tangail, Md Aklu Mian Chowdhury, Rajnagar, Moulvibazar, Atanu Sarkar, Godagari, Rajshahi, Biplab Kumar Sen, Atgharia, Pabna, Agriculturist Farhad Ahmed, Tangail, Aklima Begum, Kolaroa, Satkhira, Fatema Khatun Majumdar, Hatibandha, Lalmonirhat, Panjarbhanga, IAPP Mohila Dughdho Utpadonkari Samabaya Samity Ltd, Kaunia, Rangpur, Manmath Sarkar, Bhaluka, Mymensingh, Md Moniruzzaman Monir, Razpara, Rajshahi, Chang Reng Mro, Bandarban Sadar, Bandarban, Md Rezaur Rahman, Sunamganj Sadar, Sunamganj, Md Akmal Hossain, Iswardi, Pabna, Md Idris Ali, Jhenidah Sadar, Jhenidah, Md Razib Malitha, Iswardi, Pabna, Abidur Nur Chowdhury Riyadh, Chouddhagram, Comilla, Md Mahbubur Rahman Fatik, Adamdighi, Bogra, and Jaminur Islam, Nawabganj, Dinajpur.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman introduced the award in 1973, aiming to take forward the agri-based economy of the newly independent country. In its continuation, 28 individuals and four organisations were awarded with Bangabandhu Jatiya Krishi Puroshkar 1420 this year.