RANGPUR, Nov 08 (BSS): Agriculturists have stressed on expanded cultivation of flood-tolerant rice to increase rice production for attaining sustainable food security amid adverse impacts of climate change.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and RDRS Bangladesh organised a crop cutting function for harvesting flood tolerant BRRI Dhan-51 rice on exhibition plot of farmer Azizul Islam at village Bhimpur Sarderpara in Taraganj upazila on Wednesday.
With assistance of International Rice Research Institute under Stress Tolerant Rice for South Asia and Africa (IRRI-STRASA) project, RDRS Bangladesh distributed five kg seed of BRRI Dhan-51 rice among 20 farmers of the upazila to expand its cultivation.
The event was arranged to exhibit farming technologies and agronomic managements of flood tolerant rice to popularise its cultivation in the flood-prone and low-lying areas.
Taraganj Upazila Agriculture Officer Agriculturist Ashok Kumar Roy attended the function as the chief guest with Field Supervisor of RDRS Bangladesh Abdul Mazed Mian in the chair.
Sub-assistant Agriculture Officers of the DAE Shyamoli Khatun and Shah Md Mohsin, Agriculture Officer of RDRS Bangladesh Sirajul Islam addressed as special guests.
Farmer Azizul Islam got 5.66 tonnes yield rate in terms of dry paddy per hectare of land after harvesting of BRRI Dhan-51 rice in presence of officials, experts and large number of local farmers.
While narrating their farming experience, farmers Azizul Islam and Sadekul Islam said the flood tolerant BRRI Dhan-51 rice variety has submergence tolerant capacities for over two weeks to give better rice yield.
"The BRRI Dhan-51 rice is more resistant to pest attacks and gives fine quality rice having more demand with higher market price and its early harvest allows cultivating subsequent mustard, wheat and maize on the same land," said farmer Azizul Islam.