Experts at a function in Lalmonirhat stressed the need for cultivation of flood-tolerant paddy varieties in flood prone areas to increase production in the country.
They said cultivation of flood-tolerant rice varieties was gaining popularity among farmers in the areas vulnerable to climate change and which helped to increase the country’s rice production, ensuring food security.
The event was arranged to harvest a short-duration variety, flood-tolerant BINA dhan 11, at the demonstration plot of farmer Mofizul Islam at village Chondimari in Aditmari upazila on Thursday afternoon.
The Department of Agriculture Extension and the RDRS Bangladesh jointly organised the field day with support from the International Rice Research Institute under its stress-tolerant rice for South Asia and Africa IRRI-STRASA project, a press release said on Friday.
The main objective of the event was to exhibit the farming techniques of BINA dhan11 rice and popularise its cultivation among farmers.
With IRRI-STRASA project assistance, five kilograms of seeds of flood-tolerant BRRI dhan51, BRRI dhan52, BINA dhan7 and BINA dhan11 rice were distributed among 50 farmers of the upazila for expanding paddy cultivation during the Aman season.
The DAE deputy director Bidhu Bhushan Roy attended the event as the chief guest with RDRS field supervisor Abdul Mazed Mian in the chair.
Sub-assistant agriculture officers of the DAE Biswambhor Chandra Modak and Mokhlesur Rahman, agriculture officer of RDRS Bangladesh Mozidul Islam and president of Mohishkhoncha Union Federation Mozmul Haque spoke on the occasion.
Farmers Mofizul Islam, Nazmul Sarder and Abdul Baten shared their experiences on cultivating of floodtolerant BINA dhan11 rice which had a submergence tolerant capacity of 20 to 25 days to produce better yields.
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