First Agricultural Museum in Bangladesh

Abul Bashar Meraz:Agriculture is related with evaluation of mankind development from ancient times. Now agriculture change with the pace of modernization and invention of agricultural tools and methods. Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymensingh took a platform to establish country’s first agricultural museum for acquainted with those ancient agricultural tools and methods with the new generation.

For this country’s only agricultural based museum was established in 2002 comprises of 5 acre of land on BAU campus premises. Foundation established in 10 March, 2002 and inaugurated by former BAU Vice-Chancellor Prof Mosharraf Hossain Miah in 30 June, 2007. The museum upholds the agricultural related history & culture to shine our national cognition. The museum also gives clear thoughts to teachers, students, researchers, extension workers about evaluation & development of agriculture by collecting & exhibiting of extinct agricultural tools, sample, replica model, information.

In front of museum, there is a plaque which symbolizes 6 faculties of Bangladesh Agricultural University and at the entrance there are four photos of nation’s great leader Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Sher-E-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq, father of nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, President Ziaur Rahman who contribute a lot for agriculture and farmers.

There are 5 display rooms starting with traditional agriculture practices, then mechanized agriculture, shallow pump, power tiller model.

Every equipment’s in the museum tag with collection date, identity, amount, source of collection either from an institute or a person, uses or usefulness and its history. If anyone can go to visit museum, he can see bamboo & rattan basket, Ocha, architrave, bamboo bent, spade, nirani, sickle, Seesaw, ladder, different types of Hookah, Kupi Bati, soil dent, clay soil, sand soil, silt soil, Bijoypur’s kaolin, different periods of balance, pendulum watch, ark etc.

Different types of seeds such as rice, jute, mustard, tomato, groundnut etc developed by Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) & Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), different extinct fish species, faculty wise agricultural stuffs, soil testing kit, grain moisture tester, seed drill, seed treater, insects collecting boxes, hill cultivation methods, different types of fertilizer, BAUZIA seed fertilizer applicator, sprayer, cow driven wheelbarrow, vulture, skeleton of horse’s head, platypus, monkey, kangaroo, python, models of snail, penny of Pakistan’s period, coral are also here. In one side there is a microcomputer, microscope, different models of calculator.

The microcomputer is the first microcomputer in an educational institution in Bangladesh used by Agricultural Engineering & Technology faculty students for their computer programming course in 1980.

Selected Khona’s verses in Bengali and English like ‘Quality seed can balance the equation Food=People’, ‘Seed is carrier of aid, friendship and goodwill’ on the museum wall are another attraction of the museum.

Now days this agricultural museum become an attractive place for native & foreign agricultural fervor people. Assistant director of BAU agricultural museum Krishibid Monir Uddin Ahmed said that, there are 492 equipment’s in the museum and this year we add seeds of Kenaf & White Jute from Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI), glass fibre, dining matt, shirting fabric, 100% jute yarn etc. We want aid from both government institute & private partners for making it resourceful and to extent the museum.

The museum opens in all days except Saturday & varsity holidays from 9 am to 5 pm for all visitors without any entry fee.

There is no other agricultural related such type of resourceful places in the country. With the age of time & urbanization, distance increases in rural environment & its main culture agriculture. Visiting to agricultural museum one can feel the taste of farmer’s livelihood and culture.