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BARI boosts agro products

BARI boosts agro products

Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute, BARI, has developed 207 varieties of crops which include cereals, pulses, seeds and other items. This is encouraging for our agro sector which is giving us improved food items, making the country self-sufficient in crops and food items. In agriculture Bangladesh has some remarkable successes to share. Relevant to mention, last year, the rice yield left 71.79 lakh tonnes in surplus, which the country aimed to export.

However, this is not the first time Bangladesh, once ravaged by drought, famine and suffering, is sending rice abroad. In 2014, we sent 25000 mt of coarse rice to Sri Lanka. The bumper production has been made possible due to the tireless and sincere effort of the government, which gave Tk. 65,447 crore to farmers as assistance since 2009. As a result, 2.08 crore farmers received help in the form of modern cultivation techniques, high yielding seeds and top quality fertilizer.

 BARI has played a pivotal role in carrying our research on high yield flood and drought resistant crops and since Bangladesh is facing extreme weather patterns due to climate change, continuous experiments are essential so better quality food items are grown. Now that Bangladesh is self-sufficient in the staple food, the focus needs to be in developing climate friendly methods for vegetable production so that onions, chilies, and other items can be taken from local producers, instead of relying on foreign imports. The massive rice production along with impressive production of maize, lentils, potatoes, oilseeds is also a testament to how the country is moving towards progress and prosperity. Once the digital promise is taken to the remote corners, specialised agro related advice can be easily given to farmers via Internet. Bangladesh, which once appealed for food grain from others to survive, now has surplus food. However, in making high yield crops, the focus should be on the usage of organic fertiliser instead of chemical based ones, because in a variety of vegetables and other products, traces of harmful pesticides were found.  Once these are consumed by domestic animals, the meat of cows and goats become contaminated and hence, high amount of lead, antibiotics and other substances are detected. BARI can also concentrate on developing sustainable methods to grow vegetables like avocado, capsicum, broccoli and cherries. These are in demand products in the urban markets though most are still imported.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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