A book on agricultural journalism: “Krishi Sangbadikota Shikhhon”

–M Zahidul Haque
Author: Moniruzzaman Kabir
Publisher: Howladar Prakashani, Dhaka.
First Print: 2015
Pages: 110
Available at: Stall no. 82, Omor ekushey book fair, Howleder Prokashani.
Agricultural Journalism is comparatively a new independent discipline but it emerged as a popular beat of newspapers and broadcast media in the middle of the 18th century. Agricultural Journalism is no different from basic journalism; it applies the basic techniques of journalism to cover agricultural issues and events. With the development of digital network, activities of agricultural journalism have increased many folds. Now the farmers get their agricultural information via mobile phone, internet, radio and television. Agricultural Journalism is now being taught in universities as a subject and many promising agricultural graduates are taking up agricultural journalism as their career.Agricultural journalism which is also called agricultural communication or farm journalism is a subject associated with the science of agricultural extension which helps the dissemination of technical information, transfer of technologies by educating farmers on the improved and scientific practices of crop production, livestock development and overall socio-economic advancement of the rural community.
The book under review ‘Krishi Sangbadikota Shikhhon’ is a book on agricultural journalism written in Bangla by Moniruzzaman Kabir who has been involved in the art of journalism since his university days. He worked as a university correspondent as well as script writer, reporter in different print and electronic media. He has quite a number of agricultural reports, features to his credit. The author has written the book on the basis of his practical knowledge and experiences gathered during his long association with media. Moniruzzaman Kabir deserves appreciation for taking this venture to writing the book on agricultural journalism learning in Bengali.
The book contains 9 segments beginning with the importance of communication in relation to agricultural extension and farm journalism. A large number of published reports, features and essays written by the author himself and others have been included in the book. The last segment of the book briefly describes some publicity materials like leaflet and booklet. In a nutshell, the book is a useful piece for those who want to be agricultural journalists in particular and also those involved in the journalism profession in general.
Perhaps the book could be more useful if some fundamentals of journalism were included in its contents. While wishing a wide circulation of the book, it is expected that the author would incorporate some basics of Journalism in the next edition of the ‘Krishi Sangbadikota Shikhhon’ which should cover ethics and cannons of journalism, news types, style and techniques of writing news and feature stories, interviewing, writing press-release etc.
(M Zahidul Haque is a professor at the Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka and teaches Agricultural Journalism at post-graduate level)