Zinc-enriched Brri Dhan-63 gains popularity in N dists

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 13 May 2017, 20:56:24

Zinc-enriched Brri Dhan-63 gains popularity in N dists

RAJSHAHI, May 13 (BSS): Newly innovated Zinc-enriched Brri Dhan-63 has appeared to have earned farmers confidence in this northwestern Barind tract because of its quicker and increased yield.

Increased yields in short duration this year encouraged more to cultivate the variety, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute's (BRRI) chief scientific officer Dr Rafiqul Islam told a farmers' motivational meeting at Paba Upazila of the district on Friday.

He said BRRI innovated Brri Dhan-63 is a short duration rice variety which can be harvested 100 days after plantation and this variety may yield as high as 6 tonnes per hectare if nurtured properly.

It's a short duration rice variety cultivable in irri-boro season and to be harvested 100 days after plantation.

Each kilogram of rice of BRRI-63 contained 19 mg of zinc and 9.0 per cent of protein which could ensure high nutrition and play a significant role in prevention different diseases including that of renal ones, diarrhea, and stunting and pneumonia-induced childhood deaths.

This variety may open up a door of enormous prospects of mitigating zinc and protein deficiency besides fighting diarrhea and pneumonia-induced childhood deaths and stunting, he said. zinc, iron and vitamin-A are three most vital micronutrients, the deficiency of which hampers children's natural growth and affect their immunity.

Statistics suggests over 40 per cent children below five years of age in Bangladesh are stunted while an estimated 44 per cent children of the same age group are at risk of zinc deficiency.

More than 150 male and female farmers joined the meeting staged by BRRI's regional office with support of its 'Physical Facilities and Research Activities Promotion Programme'.

Senior Scientific Officer of the organisaiton Dr Harun-Or-Rashid and Scientific Officer Dr Abu Sayeed addressed the meeting as focal persons disseminating their expertise on high yielding paddy varieties.

BRRI released the variety all over the country over the last few years after a latest breakthrough in research in the field.
Editor : A.H.M Moazzem Hossain
Published by the Editor for International Publications Limited from Tropicana Tower (4th floor), 45, Topkhana Road, GPO Box : 2526 Dhaka- 1000 and printed by him from City Publishing House Ltd., 1 RK Mission Road, Dhaka-1000.
Telephone : PABX : 9553550 (Hunting), 9513814, 7172017 and 7172012 Fax : 880-2-9567049
Email : editor@thefinancialexpress-bd.com, fexpress68@gmail.com
Copyright © 2017. All rights reserved
Powered by : orangebdlogo