Latest agri-technologies stressed for increasing paddy yield

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Latest agri-technologies stressed for increasing paddy yield

RANGPUR, June 1 (BSS) – Agriculture experts at farmers’ field day and crop cutting ceremony yesterday stressed for adopting the latest agri- technologies to increase paddy production at lower costs in ensuring food security.

For example, transplantation of 35-40 day old seedlings of BRRI Dhan 29 in straight lines along with adoption of guti urea could raise the average yield rate of this variety paddy to 80-maund per acre in place of 60-maund in general now, they said.

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) organised the farmers’ filed day and crop cutting ceremony in a paddy field in village Purbo Shukhdebpur under Hamidpur union in Parbotipur upazila of Dinajpur.

Parbotipur upazila chairman Hafizul Islam Pramanik attended as the chief guest while Agriculture Officer AFM Rawshan Kabir and Polashbari union chairman Mofakkharul Islam were present as the special guests with farmer Mujib Uddin Sarker in the chair.

Sub-assistant Agriculture Officer Abdur Rahman, Lecturer Anwar Hossain, Farmers Rakibul Karim Dulal, Azgar Ali and Farhad Hossain also spoke.

The speakers suggested farmers for adopting the proven and latest agri-technologies in turning crop cultivation more profitable through increasing productions, improving soil health, environment and ecology amid climate change impacts.

They stressed for successful adoption of the latest agri- technologies that have been showing excellent results including more crop productions at reduced costs with minimum disturbances of the soil textures.

They emphasised the need for GO-NGO-Private collaborations to reduce crop production costs significantly and increase productivity further to improve the farm household incomes through raising crop intensification adopting latest technologies.

Adoption of the latest agri- technologies will help saving water, improving weeds, nutrient and fertilizer managements, escaping drought and saving production costs by reducing labours, fuel, irrigation and reduction of crop durations, they said.

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