Experts at a regional workshop have stressed on enchaining farming of less irrigation water consuming Aus, drought- and other stress tolerant rice to gradually reduce Boro cultivation and lessen pressure on underground water.
They also put emphasis on innovation of time-befitting scientific technologies, skills and stress-tolerant rice varieties along with farmers’ endevours to increase rice production for ensuring
sustainable national food security despite climate change impacts.
Regional Station of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) organised the workshop with the Integrated Agriculture Productivity Project (IAPP) funding on IAPP activities at conference room of the
Department of Agricultural Marketing here on Monday.
Director General of BRRI Dr Jiban Krishna Biswas attended the regional workshop as the chief guest with Principal Scientific Officer of BRRI and Head of its Rangpur Regional Station Dr Shahidul Islam in the chair.
Director (Research) of BRRI Dr Ansar Ali, Acting Rangpur Regional Additional Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) SM Ashraf Ali and Project Manager (North Part) of the IAPP Mohammad
Ali attended as the special guests.
Officials, experts, scientists and researchers of BRRI, DAE, Bangladesh Betar, Department of Agricultural Marketing, Agriculture Information Service, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI)
and farmers’ representatives participated.
The experts, scientist and researchers related with the IAPP project presented 13 keynote papers citing results of their research activities on managements of cold, drought, pests’ attacks and soil
managements during crop cultivation.
They elaborately discussed the project activities being conducted at Rangpur BRRI Regional Station and success achieved in innovating cold-, drought-, submergence- and other stress tolerant rice
varieties, disseminating innovated technologies and cropping patterns among farmers.
The experts said the IAPP activities are being conducted in Rangpur region since 2012 with financial assistance of the ‘Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme’ and under supervision of World Bank to improve livelihoods and enhance food output.
The main objective of IAPP is to increase rice production through enhancing cultivation of stress- tolerant rice adopting latest scientific technologies, crop management methods evolved by BRRI in
the flood-, drought- and cold-prone areas of Rangpur region.
The chief guest asked the scientists and researchers for innovating newer stress- and disease- tolerant rice varieties and technologies to keep rice production increasing for ensuring food security despite
climate change impacts due to global warming.
He called for reducing cultivation of the maximum irrigation water consuming Boro rice and enchaining farming of less irrigation waterconsuming Aus rice varieties evolved by BRRI to boost rice output for
meeting food demand of the growing population.