Tk 5.0b for stress-tolerant paddy varieties approved
The government Wednes-day approved an integrated agricultural project of Tk 4.99 billion to release stress-tolerant varieties of paddy and boost breeder seed production in two divisions to increase farm productivity, ministry sources said.
“The five year ‘Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project’ (IAPP) under agriculture ministry and fisheries and livestock ministry has been approved for the development of stress-tolerant varieties and their technology aiming to increase the farm productivity significantly in Barisal and Rangpur divisions,” a high official of the agriculture ministry said.
“Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) Wednesday has approved Tk 4.995bn for the project of which 3.7 billion would be available as project aid and 1.295 billion from government fund”, he said.
He said, “the project would be implemented through five components while the project duration is from June 2011 to 2016”.
Asked about the components he said, “Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) and Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) will be involved in the component– technology development”.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Department of Fisheries (DoF), Department of Livestock (DLS), Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC), Seed Certification Agency (SCA) and Community Mobilisation of Ministry of Agriculture will supervise technology adaptation.
“BADC would also be involved in water management while Project Management Unit of agriculture ministry will assist technical management, expertise development and project management”, he said.
He said that under the project five new rice varieties, three wheat, four pulse seed, three oil seeds, two maize seeds and nine fish varieties would be developed.
The project has targeted to increase the production of rice by 23 per cent, wheat by 10 per cent, pulses 10, maize 12, oilseed 12, fish 25, meat 25, day-old-chicks (DOCs) 20 and milk 100 per cent from the present productivity.
He said eight districts under Barisal and Rangpur divisions would remain under the project.
“The 54 upazilas under Rangpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Barisal, Barguna, Jhalakathi and Patuakhali districts would be brought under the project,” he said.
The official said that 0.34 million people would get direct input support of crop, fish and livestock and would be the direct beneficiaries.
Seed wing head of the agriculture ministry Anwar Faruqe said, “Food security could not be secured without ensuring seed security”.
“And seed security means sufficient quality seed suitable to our climate,” he said.
Mr Faruqe expressed his hope that this project would help the country get many stress-tolerant varieties to boost farm productivity.
He also said that nearly 25 per cent woman farmers of the project area would be benefited by the project.
According to the ministry, the project duration is from June 2011 to June 2016 and it would create jobs for 755 people.