6000 farmers cultivating Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 10 Jul 2017, 11:33:53
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6000 farmers cultivating Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh

6000 farmers cultivating Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh
Around 6,000 farmers in 36 districts in Bangladesh are now cultivating four Bt 

Brinjal verities--- BARI Bt (Uttara), BARI Bt (Kajla), BARI Bt (Nayontar) and 

ISD006 Bt BARI.

Farmers from Rajshahi, Rangpur, Pabna and Gazipur started cultivating the 

Bt Brinjal for the first time in 2014. 

With the journey of cultivating Bt  Brinjal, Bangladesh has joined a group of 29 countries that grow GM crops, said agricultural scientists attending at a seminar at Bangladesh 

Agriculture Research Council (BARC) in the city Sunday.

Another report adds, Inspired by the success of the country’s first commercially released biotech crop — Bt brinjal — in 2014, Bangladesh is now field testing three more crops developed through applications of agro-biotechnology.

These are: late blight resistant potato, Bt cotton and vitamin-A enriched Golden Rice.

The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), a non-profit international organisation that keeps watch on production and expansion of biotech crops worldwide, said this in its latest report titled “Global Status of Commercialised Biotech/GM Crops: 2015.”

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury  at the Parliament said Sunday Bangladesh has taken an initiative to cultivate Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) cotton or BT cotton to boost cotton production.

"As the harmful pest 'Bollworm' is the main impediment in raising cotton production in the conventional method so, Bangladesh has initiated Biotechnology based BT cultivation to boost cotton production," the minister said this replying to query.

To this end, the Cotton Development Board (CDB) has set up different demonstration farm for introducing the BT cotton, she said, adding that after successful completion of the trial production initiative would be taken for extending the cultivation of the BT cotton through distribution it among the farmers, reports BSS.
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