Expanded farming of BINA dhan 7 stressed for food security
RANGPUR, Nov 4 (BSS) – Agriculture experts at a farmers’ gathering here yesterday stressed for expanded farming of short duration BINA dhan 7 to face the seasonal monga and increase rice production to ensure food security amid adverse climate.
They were addressing the occasion organised by CARE Souhardo II Programme with the assistances of Dinajpur Hub of Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) in village Modamudan under Kawnia upazila.
CARE Souhardo arranged the occasion after crop cutting BINA dhan 7 under its comprehensive programme for ensuring food security of 16,000 ultra poor families in 55 villages under six unions of Kawnia being financed by USAID and GoB.
With farmer Abdul Awal in the chair, Dinajpur Hub Manager of IRRI-CSISA and renowned rice scientist Dr MA Mazid attended the ceremony as the chief guest and 500 farmers including 350 females attended.
Rangpur Regional Coordinator of CARE Bangladesh Subrato Kumar Saha, its experts Nabinur Rahman, Hedayet Hossain, Nehar Ranjan and Nur Nabi, farmers Nur Banu, Aminul Islam, union parishad members Shamsuddin and Asma Begum, addressed.
Cropping System Specialist of CIMMYT-CSISA Dr Siddikur Rahman, Specialist Agriculture Engineer of IRRI-CSISA Latiful Bari, its Specialist Extension Agronomist Anarul Haque and Saidur Rahman were present.
Dinajpur Hub of CSISA with the assistances of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been assisting the CARE Souhardo Programme.
The experts narrated the delivered conservation agriculture technologies like innovative crop rotation in which crops were planted in minimum, no-till or reduced tillage with some crop residue retention on soil surfaces to reduce unproductive losses
The attending farmers said they are being highly benefited from these technologies due to high yield from low cost of production and harvesting crop during peak monga period and getting huge rice straw as cattle feeds.
Dr Mazid said excellent yields rates and early harvests of BINA dhan 7 have ushered in a new era not only in combating monga, but has also created a real opportunity to increase the country’s rice productions for food security.
Early harvests of BINA dhan 7 has been enabling the farmers in early farming of winter vegetables and other subsequent crops as the overall cropping pattern is being advanced by about 40 days than the traditional farming periods, he said.