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Kiev keen on tech transfer

Kiev keen on tech transfer
Author / Source : STAFF REPORTER

DHAKA, DEC 29: Ukrain has expressed its keen interest in technology transfer to help Bangladesh produce sugar from sugar beets. Also, the entrepreneurs of the central European country may come up with investment proposals under joint venture in different sectors, especially in shipbuilding industry and fabricated steel and chemical fertiliser factory. Such keenness was expressed by Oleksandr D Shevchenko, Kiev’s ambassador to Dhaka, to industries minister Dilip Barua when he met him Thursday.

Industries secretary KH Masud Siddiqqui was also present.

During the meeting, various aspects of bilateral assistance to the industrial sector, including agro based industrialisation, technological support to the small and medium industries and enhancing bilateral trade came up for discussion.

Barua told the envoy that Ukraine as a development partner of Bangladesh could make a significant role in enhancing agro production and expanding indsutral sector. The minister also sought cooperation in importing one lakh tonnes of urea fertilizer and 50,000 tonnes of sugar from Ukraine at state level.

Pointing to Bangladesh’s investment potential, he said Ukrainian entrepreneurs would be benefited from investing in shipbuilding, shipbreaking and recycling industry, chemincal fertiliser, fabricated steel and many other priority industries.

“Dhaka is interested to enhance bilateral trade and investment with Kiev,” the minister also said.

The Ukrainian envoy said Bangladesh may utilise  Ukraine experience in building agro-based small and mediuam industry. “Kiev is ready cooperate in building sustainable industrial sector in Bangladesh through transferring  green technology,” Shevchenko said.


Agriculturist rewarded in Malaysia

Agriculturist rewarded in Malaysia

Staff Correspondent

FnF Pharmaceuticals Ltd consultant Md Alimul Islam received Bio Innovation Award 2011 for his contribution to the field of medical science.

He received the gold medal at an international exhibition on research and innovation at Kuala Lumpur recently.

Malaysia’s ministry of science, technology and innovations and ministry of education jointly organised the function.

A total of 245 stalls from different industries, research and educational institutions from different countries participated in the exhibition with their innovative and marketable products.

Alimul is a professor of microbiology and hygiene department of Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh. He is now serving at the school of sustainable agriculture, University Malaysia Sabah, as professor.

FnF pharma is the only private sector vaccine manufacturing industry in the poultry sector of Bangladesh.

BADC to launch three seed multiplication farms

BADC to launch three seed multiplication farms
Author / Source : Faisal Rahman

Dhaka, Nov 25: Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) is going to set up three seed multiplication farms in Barisal and Patuakhali districts with an aim to annually produce11,500 tonnes seeds of different crops for the farmers in the southern coastal region. A Tk.248.63 crore project in this regard is awaiting the approval of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) anytime in the next fifteen days, sources in the Ministry of Agriculture said.

But before implementation, they said, the project would require the completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment report to be submitted to the environment department for approval on the ground that there will be no adverse effect of the land development on the environment of the area, specially on the course of the rivers, they said. According to BADC officials working on the project, the project will shore up BADC’s general goal of increasing quality seed production in the country besides intensifying agriculture in the southern coastal region.

Md. Nuruzzaman, director (seed and horticulture) of BADC, told The Independent that the ministry had recently asked the BADC to revise its seed distribution target to ensure that it could provide at least 23 per cent of the national requirement of quality seeds by 2021.  At present BADC is providing only 9.6 per cent of the national seed requirement, which is about 10.87 lakh tonnes, he added.

He said 1044.36 acres of lands on Char Botham, Char Banshbaria and Char Haider in Barisal Sadar and Dashmina upazilas would be acquired under the project, while about Tk. 18 crore taka was also allocated among the proposed expenditure for the rehabilitation of the 300 families living in those 80-year-old chars (sand bars).

The farms will also focus on producing foundation seeds from the breeder seeds of different stress tolerant varieties of rice, wheat, oil-seeds and pulses, developed by research organizations that include Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), he said. A seed processing and preservation centre with the capacity of preserving 1,000 tonnes dehumidified seeds and 2,000 tonnes natural seeds at a time, and a 2,000 tonnes cold storage for potato will be constructed under the project, he added.

According to the recommendations of the pre-ECNEC meeting on the project on August 18, a 17 kilometres dam is required to protect the area from flooding during the rainy season as the area naturally goes under 4-5 feet water in that period. The recommendations of the pre-ECNEC meeting also include that an Environment Impact Assessment report must be prepared to be approved by the environment department before the implementation of the project.

Water-tolerant paddy variety evolved in Rajshahi

Water-tolerant paddy variety evolved in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI, Nov 25:  Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) has developed ‘BRRI dhan52’, a paddy variety, which has been noticed as submerge- tolerant, for the first time in the region creating high hope among the farmers.

Referring to his research findings Md Rejwan Bhuiyan, scientific officer of Plant Pathology Division, BRRI, Gazipur, said the variety has been found survival till at least 15 days of submergence condition caused either by any flashflood or incessant downpour.

“The variety was cultivated on around seven acres of land in Paba, Godagari and Puthiya Upazilas of Rajshahi district on trial basis during the current transplanted Aman season. The harvested yield was found satisfactory and promising,” he mentioned.

He said the farmers can harvest the paddy within 130 to 135 days after sowing seeds and 90 days after transplantation of 25 to 30 day old seedlings in the beel and other flood-prone areas.     BSS

Bangladesh to get jute genome intellectual property right by mid-2012

Bangladesh to get jute genome intellectual property right by mid-2012

DHAKA, Nov 17 (BSS) – Bangladesh is going to attain intellectual property right on genome sequence of jute by the middle of 2012, a highly placed official source said.

“We are going to get jute genome intellectual property right by the middle of next year,” a senior official told BSS.

As per the research conducted by scientists, getting the intellectual property right will help the country bring back the golden age of jute and make its cultivation possible in the drought-prone northern region, fallow land and salinity-hit areas.

Agriculture Secretary CQM Mushtaque Ahmad said getting the jute genome intellectual property right will be a revolutionary achievement in the agriculture sector.

Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI) Director General Dr M Kamal Uddin said application was sent to World Intellectual Property Rights Organisation (WIPRO) in September this year for intellectual property right of jute genome.

The WIPRO is now working on this issue and Bangladesh is expected to get a positive result soon, he added.

He said the agriculture ministry is implementing a three- year long project named ‘Basic and Applied Research on Jute’ on the issue.

Experiment on rainy season onion continues in Faridpur

Experiment on rainy season onion continues in Faridpur

FARIDPUR, Nov 16 (BSS) – Faridpur Spices Research Sub-centre (FSRS) has been carrying on the experiments to produce the rainy season onion in the district on the demonstration plots of 27 selected farmers.

According to official sources, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) evolved BARI – 2, 3 and 5 onion varieties cultivation of which is feasible on high land during rainy season. The source said, if everything favours then 20 to 25 tonnes of onions can be produced on 7.5 bighas of land.

The source further said these rainy season onion varieties can be cultivated in court yard around the homesteads and on other nearby high land.

According to the source, generally in the month of February the conventional onion is cultivated in our country which is harvested after about 90 days. But to meet the domestic demand onions worth about Taka 600 crore are to be imported from abroad.

However, if the new varieties evolved by BARI can be fielded successfully it would help to reduce onion import thus saving foreign currency. These new varieties however takes a slight longer time than the conventional one which is insignificant in the perspective of need.

Senior Scientific Officer of FSRS M.M. Kamruzzaman told BSS that presently 10.72 lakh tonnes of onions are produced cultivating on 1.65 lakh hectares of land in the country which meets 57 percent demand while the total demand is 16 lakh tonnes considering per head consumption of 25 grams. Under the prevailing situation, onions worth Taka 600 crore are to be imported annually.

With that object to meet the deficit, BARI evolved these new rainy season varieties. The farmers are being encouraged and trained to get them interested to cultivate it, the Scientific Officer said.

Path-breaking discovery in physics under way?

Path-breaking discovery in physics under way?
Author / Source : STAFF REPORTER

RAJSHAHI, Oct 7: Bangladesh may earn its laurels in the world of physics for a path-breaking discovery. Two scientists of Rajshahi University – Prof. Osman Goni Talukdar from the department of applied physics and electronic engineering, and Prof. Mushfiq Ahmad Chowdhury, of the physics department – have put their hands on one of the hottest topics in modern physics. If their claims pass the tests of tenability, it will create an epoch in the global arena, as well as, in the country’s history.

The two scientists claimed that the recent experiment that had shown some sub-atomic particles, called neutrinos, travel faster than light, is originally a Bangladeshi invention.

They claimed this in a press conference on Friday, at the Jubeeri Bhaban lounge of the university. In a written statement, the scientists mentioned that way back in 2001, Dr Talukdar had stated the fact, which has only been echoed in a report by the BBC, on September 23 this year.

Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity, which has passed every experiment, since it was proposed more than a century ago, holds that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. It should be pointed out that it was experimentally found that a neutrino has a finite mass, but it moves at the speed of light, in contradiction with Einstein’s theory.

Prof. Talukdar claimed that though the incompleteness of Einstein’s relativity theory has recently been cited by some physicists, he had developed an explanation to the theory, 10 years back, after rigorous researches carried out over a long time.

Prof. Talukdar also claimed that he had developed three equations that would give the relativity theory a perfect format. He mentioned that the modified theory would be the base for modern physics, in the 21st century.

Dubbing the discovery as a great achievement and glory for RU and Bangladesh, the university’s vice-chancellor, Prof. M Abdus Sobhan, said that Dr Talukdar’s theory will make perfect the famous relativity theory. Within three months, an international physics conference will be arranged at RU and, there, the Bangladeshi scientists will place their claims in front of world-renowned physicists, he added.

Prof. Golam Sabbir Sattar Tapu, Prof. Chittaranjan Mishra, Prof. Raquib Ahmad, Prof. Mahbubur Rahman, were present, among others, at the press conference.

Talking to The Independent after the press conference Professor Talukder said, “We are going to send messages to relevant international organizations that we have got the solution to the problem. We are going to send messages to all international organizations in the field including International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICP), CERN, American Institute of Physics (AIP), Indian Institute of Physics (IIP), Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) and institutes of physics in other countries regarding our findings.”

Rajshahi University, he said, would organise an international conference in this regard soon.

Terming their effort a great achievement and glory of Rajshahi University and as well as the country at the press conference RU Vice Chancellor Professor M Abdus Sobhan also a teacher of the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics Engineering said that, through perseverance and research Dr Talukdar placed the supplementary theory that would give the Einstein’s Relativity Theory as perfect.

Within three months an international Physics conference will be arranged at Rajshahi University through which the challenge will be placed to the world physicists and secure the international acknowledgement, he added.

Among others Professor Golam Sabbir Sattar Tapu, Prof Chitta Ranjon Misrwaw, Prof Raquib Ahmad, Prof Mahbubor Rahman and others were present.