Khulna Padma Bridge will revolutionize simple, low cost transportation of agricultural merchandise


The bridge is anticipated to ease the transportation and advertising and marketing of agricultural merchandise, which can profit each farmers and merchants.

June 14, 2022, 09:00 am

Final modified: June 14, 2022, 11:56 am

The Mawa Level of Padma Bridge was illuminated for the primary time as all of the 207 lights put in on this half have been lit at round 5.30 pm on Monday. Picture: TBS

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The Mawa Level of Padma Bridge was illuminated for the primary time as all of the 207 lights put in on this half have been lit at round 5.30 pm on Monday. Picture: TBS

The Padma Bridge, which can join the south-western a part of the nation with the capital, will revolutionize the agriculture sector within the Khulna area as it is going to cut back transportation prices and save time, individuals hope.

Farmers and merchants are at the moment dealing with a number of hassle to cross the Padma river by ferry, he mentioned, including that there will likely be no downside as soon as the bridge opens for visitors, which can take agricultural produce from Khulna to the capital. Will probably be simpler to go

Professor Anwarul Qadir, an economist, mentioned, “Farmers in Khulna area develop a number of crops however they don’t get satisfactory worth primarily as a result of the transport system with the capital is just not good.”

He mentioned that after the opening of Padma Bridge, advertising and marketing of agricultural merchandise would develop into simpler, which might profit each farmers and merchants.

One of the crucial essential agricultural merchandise of the area is shrimp, which can also be exported to different nations after assembly the home demand.

Sheikh Abu Zafar, president of the Khulna Shrimp Service provider Affiliation, mentioned, “There’s a nice demand for shrimp within the capital. However, as a consequence of visitors congestion at ferry terminals, it typically takes two days to move the shrimp to the capital. Padma. Consequently, the snow would soften. and the prawns develop into contaminated with the micro organism. These shrimp can’t be bought.”

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He mentioned the Padma Bridge would resolve this downside “as a result of the shrimp we ship within the morning will attain the capital within the afternoon after the bridge opens.”

Aside from shrimp, about 145-160 tonnes of various species of fish are taken to the capital day by day from Khulna, Satkhira and Bagerhat districts. In accordance with the Division of Fisheries Khulna, the market worth of those fish is round Rs 4 crore.

Mohd Tofazuddin Ahmed, Deputy Director, Fisheries Division, Khulna mentioned that with the opening of Padma Bridge, transportation of those fish will likely be simpler and the money and time of the merchants will likely be saved.

As well as, round Rs 500 crore value of jute is exported from Khulna area by way of Mongla port yearly. Merchants additionally deliver this crop from different areas by crossing Padma and Khulna.

As well as, many jute merchandise produced on the Khulna jute mills are additionally transported to the capital, Bangladesh Jute Affiliation (BJA) president Sheikh Syed Ali mentioned.

He mentioned that the federal government has already taken a number of steps to reveal Bangladeshi jute to the world market. He mentioned that with the launch of Padma Bridge, extra alternatives could be created for the jute mills in Khulna.

In the meantime, the Division of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Khulna mentioned that about 600 tonnes of agricultural produce is transported to the capital each day from Khulna, Satkhira and Bagerhat.

Khulna DAE deputy director Hafizur Rahman mentioned, “Khulna is a transit level. All agricultural merchandise imported from India by way of the Bhomra land port of Satkhira additionally come to Khulna first. Later it goes to different districts together with Dhaka.”

“Apart from, the Khulna area additionally produces a number of agricultural merchandise. Dumuria stems alone produce agricultural merchandise value about Rs 500 crore yearly. A serious a part of these merchandise are taken to the capital,” he mentioned.

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The DAE additionally mentioned that watermelons value Rs 1,700 crore have been cultivated in 14,000 hectares of land in Khulna this 12 months.

Hafizur Rahman mentioned, “About 70% of those watermelons are bought in varied markets of the capital. However, as a consequence of poor advertising and marketing system, many farmers didn’t get satisfactory worth this 12 months.”

After the opening of Padma Bridge, transportation of watermelon and different agricultural merchandise will likely be simpler and farmers will get truthful worth, he expressed hope.



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