RANGPUR, Nov 25 (BSS): Agriculture experts at a farmers' field day have stressed expanded cultivation of flood-tolerant paddy to increase rice production in attaining sustainable food security amid adverse impacts of climate change.
RDRS Bangladesh, an NGO, organised the event at research plots of flood-tolerant BRRI dhan51, BRRI dhan52, BINA dhan11 and BINA dhan12 rice and local 'Bozra' rice variety of four farmers in Noyagram village under Ulipur Upazila of Kurigram Thursday afternoon, said a press release.
The NGO assisted 50 farmers of Chilmari and Ulipur upazilas in Kurigram to expand cultivation of these rice varieties this season with support of International Rice Research Institute under Stress Tolerant Rice for South Asia and Africa (IRRI-STRASA) project.
The main objective of arranging the event was to exhibit farming technologies for flood-tolerant rice farming to popularise cultivation of those suitable for flood-prone and low-lying areas.
Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) for Kurigram Mokbul Hossain attended the event as the chief guest with Project Coordinator of Climate Change Project of RDRS Bangladesh for Kurigram Shafiul Islam in the chair.
Ulipur Upazila Agriculture Officer Ashok Kumar Roy, Members of local Buraburi Union Parisahd Rezia Khatun and Lal Mian and Sub-assistant Agriculture Officer Asharf Ali were present as special guests.
Farmer Rezaul Karim posted a yield rate of 4.25 tonnes of paddy after harvesting BINA dhan11 in presence of the experts who also monitored the ripe paddy fields.
Farmers Kajibar Rahman, Abu Bakar and Shajahan Ali shared their experience about cultivation of these flood-tolerant rice varieties having submergence tolerance capacities for over two weeks to get better yield than local 'Bozra' variety rice.
They also termed cultivation of BINA dhan11 and BRRI dhan52 rice varieties as more suitable as early harvest of the same would allow cultivating subsequent mustard, wheat and maize on the same land.
The chief guest called upon the farmers to expand cultivation of flood-tolerant rice varieties to increase rice production by overcoming crop losses being caused by floods every year in the country.
Another report adds from Jamalpur: Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has taken a programme to bring 410 demonstration plots under cultivation of zinc-enriched boro paddy in the district this year.
According to the DAE, there will be 200 demonstration plots on three varieties of zinc-enriched boro paddy and 210 demonstration plots on one zinc-enriched variety of boro paddy.
Under another demonstration programme, farmers will get seeds of BRRI Dhan-62, BRRI Dhan-64 and BRRI Dhan-74 free of cost and also will get other facilities.
The office sources said, 50 plots of BRRI Dhan-62, 100 plots of BRRI Dhan-64 and 50 plots of BRRI Dhan-74 will come under the demonstration programme.
On the other hand, farmers will get only BRRI Dhan-62 seed free of cost for cultivation on 210 demonstration plots.
The sources said each farmer will get 3.0 kilogrammes of seeds for cultivating on a plot.
DAE sources said zinc is a vital nutrient for human health. In the absence of zinc 44 per cent females aged between 15 years and 19 years become short. Besides, zinc is essential for pregnant mothers for developing babies' merit and mental skill.
Training officer of DAE, M Abu Hanif, said each of the plots would be of 50 decimals of land. Selection of farmers for the programme was continuing, he added.