Zinc enriched paddy cultivated in Faridpur

Zinc enriched paddy cultivated in Faridpur

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Zinc enriched high yielding BRRI-62 and BRRI-64 paddy developed by Bangladesh Rice Research Institute are now under cultivation for the first time in this district showing bright prospect.
Fifty farmers of Maniknagar under Talma union of Nagarkanda upazilla were motivated to cultivate the new variety on experimental basis, said sources in local NGO Society Development Committee (SDC) and Harvest Plus.A rally was organized yesterday at Talma to inform the farmers about the yielding of this new variety of paddy.  Personnel of the NGOs concerned addressed the rally and spoke about the zinc enriched paddy which is now in the field.
The cultivation cost of these two new varieties is same like other conventional varieties, rather it takes less time for yielding. While other varieties take 160 days for harvesting, these new varieties take only 120 days. The most important quality of this variety is that it helps develop disease resistance capability and helps increase the merit of the children.Principal scientist of BRRI Dr. Alamgir Hossain told the rally that the quantity of zinc in these two new varieties of rice is more than other varieties. He mentioned that zinc is an important element for human body to ensure healthy physical growth.
Another scientist involved in the research Dr Md. Khairul Bashar, country manager of Harvest Plus, Bangladesh disclosed that zinc enriched paddy was first introduced in Bangladesh from global perspective and it is also the first zinc enriched high yielding variety of paddy. He added that the varieties contain highest nine percent protein which is not available in other varieties.SDC Executive Director Kazi Ashraful Hassan said as the experiment
showed good result and the variety earned popularity, the NGO will supply more seed to more farmers of the district where the climate is very much favourable for this crop.SDC, a local NGO dealing with agricultural activities as well as distributing micro-loans among the farmers, is also providing logistic and technological support to the farmers.- BSS, Faridpur

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