Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Bangladesh opens first solar-powered silo with climate-controlled facility

Bangladesh opens first solar-powered silo with climate-controlled facility


The climate controlled facilities at the northern district's Santahar can store approximately 25,000 tonnes of food. Officials say all types of food can be stored in the warehouse.
The prime minister arrived in Bogra around 12pm on Sunday to inaugurate a number of development projects. The Santahar silo was the prime minister’s first stop after arriving in the northern district.
The high-tech food storage project began in 2009 and was completed with the financial and technical support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). 

The Santahar location was chosen for the project due to its strategic position between Naogaon and Bogra and its access to road and rail.

Constructions began in 2013 with a budget of Tk 2.32 billion. JICA provided Tk 1.50 billion for the project.

 >>Storage capacity of 25,000 tonnes;

>>Two-storey facility with 16 separate storing facility with thermally insulated outer walls, doors and roof 

>>Equipped with humidity controllers and fire extinguishing measures;

>>The storage facility is also equipped with temperature controls;

>>Four forklifts are available to move sacks;

>>26,040 plastic palettes for rice preservation;

The prime minister planted a tree seedling at the warehouse’s premises. She then toured the facility.

Food Minister Qamrul Islam, Land Minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif, Jahangir Kabir Nanak MP, Abdur Rahman, Abdul Mannan, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmud Swapan, Sheikh Fazle Noor Tapas MP, Israfil Alam also accompanied Hasina.
The prime minister also inaugurated and opened the Nandigram Upazila Complex Extension Building and Hall, the Shahjahanpur Thana and Education for Visual Disabilities building, the Shibganj Upazila Freedom Fighters Complex, the Shonatala Shicharparha – 3 village project, 12 rehabilitation centres in the Sariakandi Upazila, solar powered irrigation projects in Adamdighi Upazila, the Bogra Family Planning Office, 10 Mother and Child Welfare Centres in Bogra Sadar Upazila’s Nungola Union, and a number of other buildings, roads and bridges  in the area.

The prime minister later addressed a public rally organised by the Bogra Awami League at the Santahar Stadium.

The last time Hasina went to the northern district was in 2015.


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