Standard Chartered and Channel i have jointly announced to launch the Standard Chartered - Channel i Agrow Award 2021 to recognise the changemakers of agriculture sector of the country.
Standard Chartered and Channel I came up with the announcement in a press conference in Dhaka, said a press release.
Launched by Standard Chartered, this is the seventh iteration of the award, and the third time it is being held in partnership with Channel i.
Agrow Award recognises the best performing individuals and institutions for their significant contributions to the agriculture sector of the country.
Like last year, exemplary contributions will be recognised in 10 categories: Farmer of the Year – Male; Farmer of the Year – Female; Heroes for Change; Best Journalist (Agriculture); Jury Special; Best Agricultural Organization in Research, Innovation and Technology; Best Agricultural Organization in Support and Execution; Best Agricultural Exporter, Best Community as Disaster Fighter and Lifetime Achievement Award. This year, the Jury Special category will have particular focus on indigenous farming, both at the individual or organisational levels.
Speaking at the press conference, Naser Ezaz Bijoy, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, said "Through Agrow Award, I am happy to have partnered with Channel i in honouring the changemakers of this sector for their bravery, innovation and sheer hard work, all of which contributes immensely to our nation's continued progress and prosperity."
Faridur Reza Sagar, Managing Director of Channel i, said "The contribution of our agriculture sector and its heroes towards the progress of our nation is not easy to measure. We think, along with the government, individuals and organisations have an important role to play in taking this sector forward."
Shykh Seraj, Director and Head of News, Channel I, said "The Coronavirus situation reminds us that how vital is the agriculture sector is. Today many sectors of our economy can bravely move forward due to the resilience of our agriculture sector. The government has played a vital role in this story of success."
Bitopi Das Chowdhury, Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing of Standard Chartered Bangladesh; Shahidul Alam Sachchu, General Manager (Drama & Telefilm) of Channel i and Agrow Award project director along also present there, among others.