- March 20, 2018
Bt Uttara will be released in Rajshahi region, Bt Kajla in Barisal, Bt Nayantara in Rangpur and Dhaka regions
The government has finally approved the release of genetically modified (GM) Bt brinjal in the country amid criticism from conservationists.
The agriculture ministry on Wenesday issued a circular to release four varieties named Bt Uttara, Bt Kajla, Bt Nayantara and Bt Isd 006 with a provision to cultivate the vegetable on a limited scale.
Government is set to release four varieties of genetically modified brinjal amid severe concern from environmental activists about biological- and health-related implications
The Bio-safety Core Committee stopped short of announcing a decision on the introduction of Bt brinjal, a genetically modified variety of eggplant, after its meeting yesterday.
“The formal decision is likely to be disclosed after a consultation between the ministers of environment and agriculture which will take place within the next few days,” said Rafiqul Islam Mondol, director general of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), while talking to the Dhaka Tribune.
The government is releasing four varieties of GM brinjal amid severe concern about biological and health hazards
The Bio-safety Core Committee may give approval for introduction of genetically modified brinjal, known as Bt brinjal, in the country on Monday.
The committee could not reach any decision about the bt variety in its meeting on Sunday, Director General Rafiqul Islam Mondol of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) said after the meeting.
“Hopefully, the approval will come on Monday,” he said.
DU scientists claim these inventions will reduce import of costly tannery chemicals
A group of Dhaka University scientists has invented a biopesticide for agricultural use and a couple of bating agents for the tannery industry from a genus of bacteria known as bacillus, raising the hope of reducing dependence on chemical fertilisers.
These inventions can play a vital role in cutting the use of chemical fertilisers in agriculture as well as reducing the dependency of the tannery industry on costly import of chemicals, claimed the scientists and industry insiders.
The current season is characterised by sufficient rainfalls, modestly priced fertilisers and lesser incidence of pest attacks
A bumper production of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) is likely in the southwestern districts as farmers are expecting to outstrip output targets on the back of a crop-friendly weather condition that marked the past few months.
Officials claim success through ‘massive’ anti-netting drives; cop suspended for negligence in duty
Hilsa netting is set to resume on Thursday after the expiration of an 11 day ban imposed by the government, amid claims the move was successful in yielding the desired results.
The nationwide restriction – which also included marketing, selling and transportation of hilsa – was imposed to ensure a safe breeding and spawning environment for the fish.
The target was to prevent about 15m mother hilsa from being caught prematurely and about 46,800kg spawns from being destroyed.
It takes usually 14/18 months to grow sugarcanes which is much longer compared to other crops
Sugarcane farmers in Rajbari are unlikely to bag profits this season because of excessive rainfall and resultant water stagnation in sugarcane fields, which substantially impeded the growth of crops and decimated them.
The amount of rain that fell in the past three months has been measured to be three times higher than which fell over the same period last year, according to a source at the department of agriculture extension (DAE).
The loss of the crops has made farmers frustrated and worried about their food security
Standing crops particularly T-Aman paddy worth about Tk13.1m was damaged in four upazilas of the district due to recent flooding.
The loss of the crops has made farmers frustrated and worried about their food security.
According to sources, water level in Brahmaputra River continues to increase from the first week of the last month.
The river was flowing above the danger level from September 14 submerging the chars (shoals) and the river basin of Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari and Saghata upazilas.
Large-scale farming of short duration paddies has already become a popular way of combating “monga” in the northern districts
Farmers in Rangpur have begun harvesting short duration paddies during the low point of the seasonal lean period, creating jobs for labourers almost everywhere in the northern region, official sources have said.
Reaping will continue during the Bangla months of Aswin and Kartik to help the poor, including farm workers, overcome the seasonal “monga” that was last seen in the region five years ago.
Large-scale farming of short duration paddies has already become a popular way of combating “monga” in the northern districts.
Low market price means huge quantity remains stockpiled at 26 cold storages
The bumper potato season has left many farmers in Rajshahi in crisis as a low market price forces them to keep their stocks in cold storage for longer than normal.
In line with previous years, over 70% of potatoes are supposed to be released from 26 cold storages in the district at this time, but more than half remain stockpiled.
Rahim Uddin, a producer of Bargachhi village under Paba upazila, said the present market price is unexpected for the traders and growers and is discouraging them from lifting their preserved goods from the storages.
DAE in Rajbari set a target to cultivate Aman on approximately 34,346 hectares of land
The farmers of Rajbari district are expecting a bumper crop of Aman paddies- including Transplanted Aman (T-Aman)- after favourable weather conditions and satisfactory rainfalls.
This year, the department of agriculture extension (DAE) in Rajbari set a target to cultivate Aman on approximately 34,346 hectares of land. “But the farmers exceeded our expectations by bringing an additional 4579 hectares under cultivation,” said the department’s deputy director Mohammad Golam Kibriya.
NGOs like Green Bangladesh and Palli Unnayan Sangstha sold farmers their seeds, but allegedly reneged on their pledge to buy back the produce
More than 1,200 farmers, who have cultivated palm oil trees on their land, have incurred huge financial losses. THey could not sell palm fruits for lack of buyers.
Palm fruits produced by the trees have been damaged for not being harvested in a timely manner. In some orchards, insects are eating the ripened fruits as the growers have totally given up taking care the plants due to it not selling it in the markets.
Many farmers say they are planning to grow the variety in larger scale in coming seasons
Successful summer tomato cultivation for the first time has brought smiles to the faces of growers in Sadullapur upazila in Gaibandha, who have sold their produce at a high price.
The harvest of the variety is going on in full swing. Many farmers said they were planning to grow the variety in larger scale in coming seasons.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) introduced its Second Crop Diversification Project in 52 upazilas including Sadullapur across the country in 2011 to produce various high-value crops.
The drought-like situation has seriously jeopardised Aman production this season
Farmers in 16 northern districts are being compelled to count a lofty amount as irrigation charges this year due to acute drought in the area.
The drought-like situation has seriously jeopardised Aman production this season, they said.
Compiling the amount of money that the farmers are paying as supplementary irrigation cost reaches around Tk5bn in the region.
Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) told a large number of motorised equipment has been installed in the region to ensure irrigation in the paddy fields.
Harvest is set to begin from the second week of October
A bumper production of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) is likely in the northern region as farmers are expecting to outstrip output targets amid favourable weather conditions.
According to sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), farmers have cultivated the crop on about 1,822,363 hectares of land this season – 75,915 hectares more than the previously targeted acreage of 1,746,448.
Harvest is set to begin from the second week of October, BSS reports.
Many farmers have complain that frequent power cuts are not helping their efforts to save the harvest from ruin
High value T-Aman paddy planted this season is under threat in the seven upazilas of Gaibandha district due to a sudden change in weather conditions in the area.
While in some areas farmers have successfully planted the seedlings, many farmers said the seedlings they planted are ready to be transplanted but they have been hampered by the lack of rainfall, which they need to replant the paddy to ensure a good harvest.
Cauliflower, gourd cabbage bean, eggplant, radish, potato, pumpkin, chilly, tomato and many others varieties of vegetables already have been planted in the land.
Farmers of Rajbai are becoming more interested in cultivating winter vegetables as it is more profitable than cash crops like paddy and wheat.
Farmers, along with their family members, are seen working round the clock in their fields for preparing land for cultivating winter vegetables.
Not only the traditional farmers but the poor people, who do not have any cropland, are also using unused land around their house to grow vegetables.