• Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019
  • Last Update : 02:47 pm

Farmers opt for cancer-resistant Binamoog-8 lentils

  • Published at 09:56 pm July 11th, 2019
gopalganj map - dhaka tribune
Map of Gopalganj district

Binamoog also contains amino acids that helps to prevent high blood pressure

Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (Bina) has struck yet again with another groundbreaking invention, this time a variant of moong lentils, named Binamoog-8, which is said to be cancer resistant, and a popular choice for cultivation among Gopalganj farmers.

The Bina substation in the district said farmers in Gopalganj, Faridpur, Rajbari, and Shariatpur are opting for growing Binamoog-8 as they can easily yield 1.7 tons per hectare.

Bina scientists have said this is equal in protein content, almost akin to the quantity of meat, as well as twice more than eggs, and seven times more than milk.

But its biggest advantage is that it is cancer resistant, and contains amino acids that helps to prevent high blood pressure, they added.

"Experimental cultivation has already begun in four districts, on more than 150 acres of land," said an official of Gopalganj Bina substation. He said their office had provided farmers with seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides, free of cost.

Sanjit Mandal, a farmer of Tungipara upazila, said ordinary variant of moong lentils fetch 600kg on a hectare of land, while Binamoog-8 fetches 1.7 tons, which is remarkable.

"Not only is it eco-friendly, it does not attract insects or any crop diseases, not to mention the low setup cost" he added.

Md Rabiul Islam Akand, scientific officer at Gopalganj Bina substation, said this variant of lentil also contains antioxidants, which are useful to prevent growth of malignant tumors. It also has vitamins B1, B5, B6, and CA, which helps to keep the body weight stable.

Mahfuz Alam, assistant agriculture officer at Tungipara agriculture office, said many farmers have experienced success, and considerable profit after cultivating Binamoog-8.

He also said, his office will provide extensive support to ensure expansion of cultivation of this lentil variant in the district.

Harlal Madhu, agriculturist at Gopalganj Department of Agriculture Extension, said Binamoog-8 will steadily help farmers in the district to alleviate poverty in the region, as well as build up a solid agriculture base, which can be emulated by other farmers across the country as a successful model.