Early maturing Boro rice needed, President tells scientists

Early maturing Boro rice needed, President tells scientists

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Mymensingh, July 22 – Farmers in haor areas have to earn their bread and butter depending on its largely mono-crop agricultural system. But sometimes, flash floods cause a huge damage to haor areas. This affects both the haors and the country’s whole economy. The solution to this problem can be found by decreasing the production time of Boro rice. Agriculturists, agri-scientists, agricultural extension and all concerned to come up with time-befitting solutions in this regard,” the President Md Abdul Hamid said while addressing the 57th founding anniversary function of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU).
Apart from the government initiatives, the President also urged all concerned to think of preserving seasonal fruits and other agricultural products which usually get damaged due to the lack of proper preservation.
BAU chancellor further asked all agriculturists and agri-scientists to be more careful of executing of Agriculture Policy undertaken by the incumbent government.
“Now it’s a reality that the country is facing the adverse impacts of climate change, and its biodiversity is at risk. You’ve to give emphasis on finding solutions to climate change-related problems on a priority basis to maintain the achievements in the agriculture sector,” he said pointing at agriculture scientists.
“I’m glad to know that the Haor and Char Development Institute have already started its operation. You know, my home is situated in the haor areas of Kishoreganj district. I believe this institute will play an important role in developing the neglected haor areas,” the President hoped.
The President also laid the foundation stone of “Bangladesh Haor and Char Development Institute”.
BAU Vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Ali Akbar presided over the function while Religious Affairs Minister Prof Motiur Rahman, President of BAU Alumni Association Abdur Razzak and General Secretary of the Association agriculturist Abdul Mannan were present.
Prof Dr M Sattar Mondal, an eminent agricultural economist, educationalist and former vice-chancellor of the university presented the keynote speech while Pro Vice-chancellor Professor Dr Md Jasimuddin Khan and deputy editor of the Alumni Association Bediuzzaman Badsha were present. – Musfiqur Rahman Sifat, BAU Correspondent

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