Anti-monga BINA 7 harvest progressing in N-region

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Anti-monga BINA 7 harvest progressing in N-region

RANGPUR: Farmers carrying paddy following harvest of a bumper production of short duration paddy BINA 7 in Rangpur division. — FE Photo

Our Correspondent

RANGPUR Oct 22: Harvest of the anti-monga short duration variety paddy BINA 7 is going on in full swing in Rangpur Division combating the monga (seasonal job crisis) everywhere in the region.

According to sources the farmers have already harvested over 60 percent of the cultivated short duration BINA 7 paddy so far and are expecting to complete the rest in two weeks.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said a total of 83,000 hectares of land have been brought under BINA 7 paddy cultivation in 8 districts under Rangpur division this year.

This short duration anti monga paddy is being cultivated extensively to create job opportunities for the agri- labourers during the lean period of Bangla month Ashwin and Kartic.

BINA 7 cultivation is a model of monga mitigation programme of the government as this could be harvested within 90 to 110 days from the date of transplantation of the seedling. It could be harvested even in 100 days if drum seeder method is applied.

Side by side, appearance of the newly harvested rice in the local markets has brought down market price of course variety rice to Tk. 30 to 32 per kg now in the region.

“We are no longer affected by monga due to the government’s huge social safety programmes and large-scale farming of this short duration paddy”, farm-labourers Abdul Matin, Golap Miah, and Hasanur Rahman of Mithapukur in Rangpur district told the FE.

Additional director of DAE Rangpur, Mohsin Ali said the DAE in collaboration with several NGO’s have been assisting farmers in expanded farming of short duration paddies under the government assistance to combat monga which usually occurs during the month of Ashwin and Kartik, he added.

Tech education for Vision 2021 stressed

Another BSS report adds: Speakers at a discussion here on Friday put maximum emphasis on spreading technical and vocational education among the youths for making Bangladesh a medium income nation by realizing Vision 2021.

They were addressing the discussion arranged before launching Image Polytechnic Institute (IPI) and Central Institute of Medical Technology (CIMT) in the city and according reception to the new freshers at Public Library auditorium.

Senior District Information Officer Monzur-E-Mowla attended the reception ceremony and discussion meeting as the chief guest with Principal of Rangpur unit of IPI Engineer Al Mamun Akhteruzzaman in the chair.

Chairman of the IPI and CIMT from Dhaka Sadia Sultana attended the occasion as the special guest and elaborately narrated the essence of technical and vocational education in the process of building a developed nation.

Assistant Director of IPI and CIMT from Dhaka Rafikul Islam, guardian Ranglal Biswas and student Maksudul Islam Shameem, addressed the ceremony participated by 160 newly admitted students of Rangpur units of the institutions.

Monzur-E-Mowla, who is also a Civil Engineer graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, congratulated the newly admitted students of Rangpur units of IPI and CIMT for building their career by choosing technical education.

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