Bangladesh agriculture: Pro- farmers banking stressed
07 February 2016, Nirapad News: Senior bankers of Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) have urged the branch managers and fieldworkers to perform their duties with utmost sincerity and honesty to speed up the ongoing farmers-level lending activities. They viewed that quality banking and lending activities could be effective means of boosting agricultural production to meet the gradually increasing food demand in the country. So, there is no alternative to making all the credit programmes need oriented and time befitting. Emphasis should be given on reaching banking services to the farmers’ doorsteps collectively. They were addressing a daylong joint conference of all 26 branch managers and other fieldworkers of Rajshahi district in Cooke Jar conference center in the city on Thursday.
RAKUB Managing Director Monzur Ahmed addressed the conference as the chief guest with Zonal Manager Lokeman Ali in the chair. General Manager of Rajshahi division Mahmud Hassan and Zonal Audit Officer Nazmul Haque also spoke. RAKUB, headquartered in Rajshahi, has been operating its banking activities as the largest development partner in all 16 northwest districts of Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions targeting its agricultural sector and all its sub-sectors. Monzur Ahmed laid stress on bringing all the existing potential sectors and sub-sectors of agriculture and its processing under qualitative and quantitative financing for making the country’s northwest region economically vibrant. The Managing Director called for ensuring accountable, transparency and farmers-friendly banking services as a whole for the sake of sustainable and sustainable improvement of living and livelihood condition of the farmers besides bolstering the agro- based economy.
Pro- farmers banking must be ensured for cherished development of the region after the best use of its existing natural resources. Monzur Ahmed termed the branch managers and fieldworkers as the vital force for transforming the bank into a profitable organization and asked them to perform their duties with utmost sincerity and honesty to attain the cherished goal. “You have to supplement the government efforts for boosting the agricultural production, livelihood development of the farmers along with ensuring the food security,” said General Manager Mahmud Hassan. Referring to the importance of good planning, he gave directives to attain cent percent targets in loan disbursement and recovery, particularly classified loans and deposit collection. “We have no way but to boost up the agricultural production to ensure food security and reduce dependence on import,” he added.