Drought tolerant paddy in changed climatic condition

Drought tolerant paddy in changed climatic condition

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Speakers in a function here on Wednesday urged the farmers to cultivate short duration and drought tolerant paddies BRRI dhan 56 and BRRI dhan 57 in larger scale to ensure food security to keep pace with changed climatic condition.
“As the change in seasons is being felt and noticed and drought like situation prevails during the rainy season for want of required rainfall, there is no alternative to farm drought tolerant paddies to meet the demand of food”, they said.They made the comments while addressing a field day on the cutting of short duration and drought tolerant varieties BRRI dhan 56 and BRRI dhan 57 at Barmatat area under Luxmipur union of Sadar upazila in the
district.RDRS Bangladesh, a reputed NGO, organised the function under the Stress Tolerant Rice for Poor Farmers in Africa and South Asia (STRASA) Project funded by International Rice Research Institute and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Sadar upazila agriculture officer M. Zaker Hossain addressed the function as the chief guest and senior vice-president of Gaibandha Press Club Sarker M. Shahiduzzaman was present as the special guest.
With programme manager of RDRS Bangladesh Porsia Rahman in the chair, the function was also addressed, among others, by assistant coordinator (Environment) of the organisation Abdul Mannan, assistant agriculture officer M. Saiful Islam, sub-assistant agriculture officer Abdus Sabur and farmers Shamsher Ali and Abdur Razzak.Upazila agriculture officer M. Zaker Hossain described the necessity of BRRI dhan 56 and BRRI dhan 57 farming in Aman season in different grounds and said around 4,000 litres of water is needed to produce 1 kg of paddy as irrigation whereas, less than 1,000 litres of water is required for the drought- tolerant varieties.Not only that, at least 15 bigha of wheat can easily be cultivated on one bigha of paddy cultivation with equal irrigation, he said adding that the varieties could be farmed successfully without irrigation in the drought prone areas of the district. The BRRI dhan 56 and BRRI dhan 57 could be cut in 92 days just after transplanting the 20 days old seedlings on the high land and medium high land, he added.After harvesting the varieties the farmers could cultivate cash crop mustard or potato-mung dal-indigenous variety parija paddy on the same
land systematically and in this way, a farmer could get four crops in a year to earn economical benefit and ensure country’s food security, he further added.  Assistant coordinator Abdul Mannan said the organisation in cooperation with the DAE is encouraging the farmers to popularize and expand the cultivation of drought tolerant paddy BRRI dhan 56 and BRRI dhan 57 in northern districts to help them get four crops in a year and create working opportunities to farm day labourers during the lean period as well.BSS, Gaibandha

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