Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury on Saturday said agricultural scientists should now start working on developing drought-resistant strains of rice.
She made the remark as the chief guest at the annual research review workshop of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in Gazipur.
The five-day event began on Sunday and will conclude on Thursday.
Matia also urged scientists to invent suitable technologies that will help tackle adverse situations including flood, drought, water-logging, salinity and plant diseases.
She suggested the BRRI grow rice more in the country’s southern region than in the east.
“The groundwater level is increasingly declining. If this trend continues, then producing irrigation-dependent rice will become even costlier in the northern region,” the minister observed.
“In the past, I recommended the production of salinity-tolerant strains of rice. But now I think we need to develop drought-resistant rice varieties.”
The minister said the government is keen to support the production of Aush and Aman, as large-scale irrigation schemes are need for production of Boro.