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Govt introduces digital technology for pest control

Published: November 08, 2019 19:55:28 | Updated: November 08, 2019 21:40:18


The Department of Agricultural Extension or DAE is embracing digital technologies to monitor pest attacks on crops and in turn, minimise the damage these inflict by at least 5.0 per cent, reports bdnews24.com.

The new technology will enable the agency to flag pest attacks and quickly decide on measures to mitigate its impact, officials say.

The DAE is weighing up a two-pronged approach to counteract pest attacks with the use of technology.

Firstly, a ‘digital device’ will be placed on the fields to directly observe any pest outbreak.

And secondly, information collected on the ground will be sent directly to the information centre through an ‘app’ reducing bureaucratic red tape in the process.

DAE Deputy Director Enayet Hossain, the focal point of the initiative, believes the technologies will enable the authorities to formulate preemptive measures which will make it easier to combat pest attacks and reduce crop damage.

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