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‘Artificial rain’ planned to boost rice harvest

  • 'Eight canals are being dug in Digholia Upazila'
  • 'Another six canals will be dug'
  • 'We’re now researching and planning to increase rice production'
Update : 26 Apr 2024, 02:45 AM

Amid several measures to help enhance rice production, the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) is planning to introduce artificial rainfall to paddy fields. 

“It is not essential to cultivate all seven varieties. Farmers can grow the paddies at their whim. Necessary seeds will be supplied,” BRRI Director General Md Shahjahan Kabir said while visiting paddy fields covering 50 bighas of land in Digholia Upazila of Khulna on Wednesday. 

Seven rice varieties, including two hybrids, have been cultivated in the paddy fields. The BRRI is studying the varieties. 

The BRRI chief went on to say that water is scarce there, along with the salinity issue. 

“We did not import rice in the last three to four years. We produced rice according to our demand. We’re now researching and planning to increase rice production,” he said.

Mohon Kumar Ghosh, additional director of the Department of Agricultural Extension, Khulna region, said that measures are being taken to start cultivation on 107,000 hectares of fallow land in Khulna. 

Bangladesh Rice Research Institute Director General Md Shahjahan Kabir, along with other officials visits a paddy  field in Khulna on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. Photo: Dhaka Tribune

“As part of the project, eight canals are being dug in Digholia Upazila. Another six canals will be dug,” Mohon added.

Of the 1,127 canals across the region, 615 need to be dug, he added.  

Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation Chairman Abdullah Sazzad said that digging the canals is a long-term plan.

“I hope nobody obstructs the digging of canals... If the canals are dug as planned, we’ll reap great benefits, and our self-reliance in food production will reach new heights,” Sazzad said.  

For the last few years, farmers in the coastal district have been experiencing drought during this period of the year.

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