TORONTO – On Thursday, January 9, 2020, a co-operation agreement was signed between Access Alliance, Danforth and ABACAN (Association of Bangladeshi Agriculturists in Canada). ABACAN is a not-for-profit organization created by the Bangladeshi-Canadian agriculturists living in Canada, with approximately 400 active members.
The main objective of this agreement is to advance crop cultivation initiatives and urban agriculture of the local community through mutual assistance on research, innovation and agricultural training. With this kind of agreement, horticulture and vegetable farming will be further expanded in Toronto area. Access Alliance will focus on utilizing the intellectual resources as well as infrastructural and innovative initiatives of the migrant Bangladeshi agriculturists with a goal to provide modern and innovative homestead ideas and projects for the people.
ABACAN has been doing this work with Access Point Danforth for several years and the number of interested gardeners is increasing each year. This cooperation agreement is aimed at satisfying all gardeners, by integrating the greater scope of immigrant agronomists, combining all the qualities of cultivating vegetable crops in biotechnology. Considering the great interest of gardeners, it is hoped that ABACAN will continue its program of distributing seeds, fertilizers and saplings among the gardeners in future years.
The cooperation agreement signing ceremony was attended by the President of ABACAN Golam Mostafa, General Secretary Golam Kibria, Publication and Communication Secretary Md. Ziaul Haque and former President Kamal Mustafa Hemu. Mr. Rejwan Karim, Manager, AccessPoint on Danforth Hub and Lara Morosovsky, Green Access Community Animator were present on behalf of Access Alliance. “Our expectation is that today’s agreement will be a milestone for urban agriculture development for ABACAN and Toronto’s horticultural community” says Kamal Mustafa Himu, former President of ABACAN.
By: Fayzul Karim
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