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7 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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‘Direct-seeded rice farming can reduce stress on groundwater

DSR is the viable option to reduce the unproductive water flows
BSS

RAJSHAHI: Large-scale promotion of direct-seeded rice (DSR) farming process can lessen the pressure on groundwater in Barind area, reports BSS.

DSR is the viable option to reduce the unproductive water flows. Water scarcity, common rice cultivation and increasing labour wages trigger searching for such alternative crop establishment methods which can increase water productivity.

Scientists and researchers made this observation while addressing a crop-cutting function titled “Water Saving Paddy Farming Technology: Direct Seeded Boro Rice Cultivation” at Khidra Kasipur village under Durgapur Upazila in Rajshahi district recently.

Department of Agriculture at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) and National Agriculture Technology Programme (NATP) jointly organized the function to expand DSR farming mitigating the adverse impact of climatic change. More than 100 farmers both male and women joined the programme.

Chaired by Professor Moshiur Rahman of BAU, the ceremony was addressed, among others, by Chairman of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury, Additional Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) SM Mustafizur Rahman, its Deputy Director Joynal Abedeen and BMDA Seed Production Project Director ATM Rafiqul Islam.

Disseminating his expertise on the issue, Prof Rahman says DSR is the process of rice cropping from seeds sown in the field instead of transplanting seedlings from the nursery. Crop Intensification can be attained with less water through DSR-based cropping system.

DSR method of rice planting offers several advantages. However, all rice cultivars are not suitable for this practice.

While sharing views on the occasion, some of the attending farmers were seen saying they started DSR because it gives better results than transplanting method and saves water and labour.

Majority of them were satisfied with the method that it is profitable and labour saving.

In his remarks, Dr Chowdhury put emphasis on devising way and means to promote DSR instead of transplanting rice crops as it not only minimizes using of water but also reduces production cost and increases profit.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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