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Experts for expanded cultivation of drought-tolerant paddies

Experts for expanded cultivation of drought-tolerant paddies

Agriculture experts at a farmers’ field day have stressed for expanded cultivation of drought-tolerant variety paddies to increase rice production for ensuring food security under adverse climate.
RDRS Bangladesh organised the field day on the occasion of harvesting the short duration and drought tolerant BRRI dhan56 paddy on the field
of farmer Shahidul Islam in village Atmaram of Kurigram on Monday afternoon.Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE),
Kurigram Pratip Kumar Mandal attended the ceremony as the chief guest with Assistant Coordinator (Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Abdul
Mannan in the chair.Teacher of the Department of Agronomy of Bangabandhu Agriculture University Professor Dr Moynul Haque and Kurigram Sadar Upazila Agriculture Officer Moznur Rahman addressed as the special guests.Sub-assistant Agriculture Officer Ataur Rahman, President of Belgachha
Union Federation Nurul Islam, Farmers’ Forum President Esar Uddin, Senior Agriculture Officer of RDRS Bangladesh Rabiul Karim and farmers
Shahidul Islam, Mahmud Ali and Abdul Haque also spoke.Agriculture and Environment Coordinator of RDRS Bangladesh Mamunur Rashid delivered the welcome speech narrating necessity for expanded cultivation of drought tolerant BRRI dhan56 and BRRI dhan57 paddies to increase rice production under adverse climate.RDRS Bangladesh has been expanding cultivation of drought tolerant paddies under the Stress Tolerant Rice for Poor Farmers in Africa and South Asia (STRASA) Project of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) with financial assistances of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The speakers narrated the farming technology for drought tolerant variety BRRI dhan 56 and BRRI dhan 57 to harvest within only 105-110
days in getting bumper rice production at reduced costs even under drought-like situations. BSS, Rangpur