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22 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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boosting rice production

PM seeks more IRRI support for Bangladesh

UNB, Dhaka

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to strengthen collaboration with Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) for increasing rice production in the country. She made the call when IRRI Director General Dr Matthew Morell met her at the Prime Minister's Office.

PM's Speech Writer Md Nazrul Islam briefed reporters after the meeting.

The Prime Minister stressed the need for strengthening research works to invent saline-, cold- and draught-tolerant varieties of rice on a large scale, and improve deep water rice varieties.

She emphasised increasing the production capacity of rice in the country continuously as the arable land is declining.

"Our farmers are very smart and quick learners. They can easily adopt technology," Nazrul quoted the Prime Minister as saying.

Talking about crop pattern, she said Bangladesh cultivates wheat, maize, pulse and other crops in the northern region, which need less water.

Hasina asked the authorities concerned to take steps to boost rice production in the southern region.

She stressed the need for increasing the use of surface water reducing dependence on underground water for irrigation to protect the environment. So, the country's water bodies, including rivers, canals and beels, are being re-excavated for irrigation, she added.

The Prime Minister appreciated the existing collaboration between the IRRI and BRRI.

 

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