|Published : 02 Mar 2016, 00:19:35|
Experts for flood-tolerant rice to raise production
RANGPUR, Mar 1 (BSS): Experts at a training course have put importance on expanded cultivation of flood tolerant rice varieties to increase rice production and ensure national food security despite adverse impacts of climate change.
Ulipur upazila office of RDRS Bangladesh organised the training on 'Flood Tolerant Rice Production, Processing and Storing Technology' under its 'Community Climate Change Project (CCCP)' at its Ulipur training centre in Kurigram on Monday.
Thirty farmers and six field level project workers of Ulipur and Chilmari upazilas participated in the course arranged under Stress Tolerant Rice for South Asia & Africa (STRASA) project being funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).
The STRASA-IRRI project is being implemented in Bangladesh through GO-NGO collaboration during the past five consecutive years to increase rice output making the country self-sufficient on rice despite climate change impacts.
Project Coordinator of the CCCP of RDRS Bangladesh Shafiul Islam moderated the day-long event and delivered welcome speech narrating goals and objectives of the training course.
Ulipur Upazila Agriculture Officer of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Ashok Kumar Roy conducted the training course as the main resource person.
Ulipur Upazila Manager of RDRS Bangladesh Mizanul Haque and its Technical Officer for Kurigram Mohir Uddin also conducted different sessions in the training course.
The resource persons narrated the technologies for cultivation of flood tolerant BRRI dhan51, BRRI dhan52 and BINA dhan11 rice varieties and finalised joint work plans to increase rice output, processing and storing of seed during the next season in the area.