The seven are comparatively higher-yielding than the local Swarna variety
The Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) has developed seven modern paddy varieties for Aman season – creating high hopes among Rajshahi’s farmers, including along its vast Barind tract.
The varieties—Brridhan71, Brridhan75, Brridhan80, Brridhan87 and Brridhan90—are comparatively higher-yielding, drought-tolerant, and shorter-duration than the local Swarna variety. – Swarna is prone to disease and attracts insects that affect the farmers.
BRRI Chief Scientific Officer Dr Aminul Islam announced this while presenting his keynote paper at a technical session of a daylong regional seminar titled “Way Forward for Boosting Aman Paddy Yield in Rajshahi region,” at BRRI’s Regional Office conference hall in Rajshahi on Tuesday, reports BSS.
He mentioned that the Swarna variety can easily be replaced with the modern Brridhan varieties, in the Barind area, and this can be an effective means of ensuring food security by boosting paddy production.
The modern varieties have opened up the doors to enormous prospects of food security, and mitigating the crises of irrigation water.
Agriculture Ministry’s Additional Secretary (Research) Komolaranjan Das addressed the seminar as chief guest with BRRI Director General Dr Shahjahan Kabir in the chair.
Director General of Bangladesh Sugar Crop Research Institute Dr Amzad Hossain, Additional Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Dev Dulal Dhali, BRRI Director Dr Ansar Ali and its Senior Scientific Office Harun-Or-Rashid also spoke at the seminar.
Komolaranjan Das urged the DAE officials to expand farming the drought-tolerant varieties to the drought-affected areas—like the Tanore and Godagari Upazilas in Rajshahi, Nachole and Gomostapur Upazilas in Chapainawabgonj ;and Porsha and Shapahar in Naogaon districts—for a better yield.
He said the concerted efforts of all scientists, researchers, and extension officials are very important to boost Aman paddy yield to feed the gradually-increasing population of the country.
As rice is a staple food of the country, its production needs to be enhanced, by managing challenges like disease and adverse impacts of climate change.
Dr Shahjahan Kabir told the meeting that BRRI has, so far, developed 41 Aman varieties, including 39 inbreeds, which are suitable for cultivation across the country.
“We have released seven drought-tolerant varieties, including one aromatic, for the Barind area,” he said; adding that some of them have gained popularity among farmers during the last couple of years.
He also mentioned that the conventional varieties are being replaced by modern varieties – good signs for the region, in terms of boosting yield.
More than 100 paddy-related scientists, researchers, and extension officials—from both the government and non-government entities concerned—attended the workshop, sharing views on the issue.