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Cultivation of climate-change adapting crops a must for food security

  • Published at 06:59 am June 12th, 2013
Cultivation of climate-change adapting crops a must for food security

Agri experts at a function urged farmers to cultivate climate-change adapting crops in disaster prone areas to boost food production of the country.

As our country has been experiencing adverse impact of climate change over the last few years, creating a grave concern to agriculture, human health, livelihood, navigation, ecology, soil, environment and biodiversity, they said.

They made the comments while addressing a concluding session of a daylong training workshop for the farmers on the disaster risk in agri sector and its coping strategies at the agriculture training centre at Khamarbari of Gaibandha town on Monday.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) organised the function with the support of Food and Agriculture Organisation service project to educate the farmers to cultivate crops in all seasons and keep agro activities movable at any cost all year round facing the negative and adverse impacts caused by climate change.

Deputy Director of DAE Mir Abdur Razzak attended the function and addressed it as the chief guest and crops production specialist Golam Mostafa was present as the special guest while district training officer Zulfiquer Haider presided over the function.

Because of a huge change in climatic patterns, seasonal rainfalls, floods, dry seasons, periods for sowing or planting the seeds and seedlings and harvesting are also being changed, affecting agro production seriously, they observed.

DD of DAE Mir Abdur Razzak said as the agro production is being hampered seriously and change in seasons is being noticed due to climate change, he suggested the farmers to take different steps for adaptation of the climate change.

He also urged the farmers to apply knowledge acquired from the training in field level and to share it to other fellows to boost production of food to attain the cherished goal of increased agro- productions.

Earlier, the participants were imparted training on climate, causes of climate, adaptation process, cultivation techniques of flood tolerant rice varieties as for example BRRI Dhan 51, 52, short duration rice varieties-BRRI Dhan 33 and 39, char land crops-maize sweet gourd and groundnut and heat tolerant wheat varieties BARI Gom 26, 27 and 28.

DAE officials and programme officer of Disaster and Climate Risk Management in Agriculture project Shah M Asaduddowla conducted the training sessions for 22 farmers of the district as the resource persons.