Bangladesh Wheat and Maize Research Institute Bill, 2017 was placed on Thursday in parliament aimed to increase production of wheat and maize through research in the country.
Agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury placed the bill which was sent to the concerned parliamentary standing committee for scrutiny and report back to the House within fifteen days.
Wheat and maize are the two important food crops in Bangladesh after the staple food rice. The object of the bill is to transform the existing wheat research centre into a full-fledged research centre.
The bill has proposed to set up a modern research centre with modern facilities, farm and infrastructure for carrying out advance research on these crops.
With passage of the proposed law, the government will establish the office and centre of the research institute at Nasipur of Dinajpur. With the approval of the government, the institute is allowed to set up its regional centre and sub-centre at any place in the country, said the bill.
Under the law, the existing wheat research centre and maize section under plant breeding division of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute will be abolished and it’s all research and regional centres, sub-centres, research projects and infrastructures to be handed over to the newly established research institute.
In addition to this, the scientists, officials and employees working in the wheat research centre and maize division would be employed in the newly established research institute, said the bill.
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