GAIBANDHA, Mar 13: A field-day on production and dissemination of BARI released orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) BARI SP 4 and 8 was held at Kumargari village under Sadar upazila on Monday.
International Potato Centre (IPC) Bangladesh in partnership with brac arranged the function under SUSTAIN project funded by UKaid in collaboration with department of agriculture extension (DAE) and BARI.
Deputy Director of DAE AKM Ruhul Amin addressed the function as the chief guest.
With regional manager of BRAC M Nazim Uddin presided over the programme.
The speakers said BARI SP 4 and 8 is a climate resilient crop which can been grown on sandy and loamy land and may be incorporated in local cropping pattern and it has the bright scope to farm the variety on the land located on the banks of the rivers in the district.
Terming OFSP as a great source of nutrition and power house of Vitamin A the speakers urged the farmers to farm the BARI released sweet potato on their land next seasons to get desired output and reasonable price against the crop to be self reliant economically.
DD of DAE AKM Ruhul Amin in his speech emphasized for changing food habit and incorporating it in daily food menu and asked all particularly the pregnant mothers and the children to take it regularly to enhance the disease resistance power at their bodies.
Later, the DD formally inaugurated the harvest of OFSP at the land of farmer Aliton Begum in the village and expressed his satisfaction over the yield as 10 maunds of sweet potato were produced from three decimals of land.
The guests also visited the stall where different types of food items like payesh, parata, noodles, samucha, cake, singara, bhazi, bharta, halua, chips, salad, pakura and bread prepared with OFSP were demonstrated and talked to the demonstrators.
A large number of agriculture officials, farmers, NGO activists, and invited guests including journalists were present on the occasion.