Standard Chartered AGROW Award 2016 Honours Exemplary Farmers & Institutions in Agriculture Sector of Bangladesh

Standard Chartered AGROW Award 2016 Honours Exemplary Farmers & Institutions in Agriculture Sector of Bangladesh

July 27, 2016

Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh honoured individuals and institutions who served as outstanding examples in the agriculture sector of Bangladesh in recent time through the third AGROW Award. An award ceremony was organized at Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel Dhaka on 27th of July. Mr. Tofail Ahmed, MP, Honourable Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh graced the ceremony as the Chief Guest.

Also present at the ceremony were Mr. Abrar A. Anwar, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh; Ms. Bitopi Das Chowdhury, Country Head of Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bangladesh and Mr. Shariful Islam, Founder & Managing Director, Bangladesh Brand Forum (BBF).

To recognize this immense contribution of the farmers in nation building, in 2014 Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh initiated “AGROW AWARD: Excellence in Agriculture”, to celebrate the heroes who serve the nation from the core. Bangladesh Brand Forum is the implanting partner of this event ever since.

This year, AGROW Award honoured the industry contributors in seven categories, namely – Best Agricultural Organization in Research & Innovation, Best Agricultural Organization in Support & Execution, Best Agricultural Exporter, Best Use of Technology, Farmer of the Year – Male, Farmer of the Year – Female, and Farmer of the Year – Subsistence Market Group. Total 350 nominations were received this year. The winners & honourable mentions in each category were selected through two rigorous jury sessions conducted by experts from the various agricultural and related sectors, development agencies and policy makers.

Speaking at the ceremony as the chief guest, Mr. Tofail Ahmed said, “I would like to thank Standard Chartered Bank for this initiative. I think this is one of the best initiatives they have taken. I would also appreciate the winners of this year’s Agrow Award to focus on exporting agricultural products.” He also added that this year, the country will have a surplus food of 30 lakh tonnes and plans to export more rice compared to 50,000 tonnes that Bangladesh shipped to Sri Lanka. Honourable Commerce Minister also said, “The export-oriented agro-processors would receive 20 percent cash incentive this year.”

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Abrar A. Anwar, CEO, Standard Chartered Bangladesh said “It is a proud privilege for us that we have been able to successfully embed ourselves in this country’s development and we are determined to continue this journey of progress together and help build a sustainable agricultural sector for Bangladesh. I hope through this humble attempt of ours we will be able to motivate thousands of farmers around the country to come up with exemplary contribution in the agricultural sector.”

The winner & honourable mention in each category received a crest and a certificate from the Honourable Minister for their exemplary contribution. In Farmer of the Year – Male, Farmer of the Year – Female, and Farmer of the Year – Subsistence Market Group categories three winners were handed over prize money of BDT Five Lac each, with the three honourable mentions getting BDT Fifty Thousand each. The award ceremony was attended by around 250 invited guests from the agriculture sector and related organisations.

List of Winners

Category Sl no. Award Type Winner
Best Agricultural Organization in Research & Innovation 1 Winner Ispahani Agro Limited  
2 Honourable Mention WorldFish Bangladesh
Best Agricultural Organization in Support & Execution 3 Winner Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE)
Best Agricultural Exporter 4 Winner Bengal Braided Rugs Limited.
5 Honorable Mention Rifat Enterprise
Best Use of Technology in Agriculture 6 Winner Alim Industries Limited  
Farmer of the Year – Male 7 Winner Abdus Sattar Sana
8 Honorable Mention Md. Babul Hossain
Farmer of the Year – Female 9 Winner Hosne Ara Begum
10 Honorable Mention Mst. Kulsum Begum
Farmer of the Year – Subsistence Market Group 11 Winner Group for Vegetable Cultivation through Rainwater Harvesting
12 Honorable Mention Group for Making the Village Green

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