RAJSHAHI: Agricultural officials and researchers have urged the field level officials of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) to discharge their duties with utmost sincerity and honesty for boosting quality seed outputs to meet up its gradually increasing demand, reports BSS.
They termed the quality seed as the precondition to enhance agricultural yield and called upon the field staffs to accelerate its production through the best uses of high yielding varieties and modern technologies.They came up with the observation while addressing a daylong training styled “Quality Paddy and Wheat Seed Production and Less-water Consuming Crops Farming” held at BMDA conference hall in Rajshahi on Tuesday.
BMDA under its ‘Quality Seed Production, Distribution and Farmers Training Project’ organized the training where more than 35 BMDA Executive Engineers and Assistant Engineers from Chapainawabganj, Naogaon and host Rajshahi attended.
BMDA Chairman Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury addressed the inaugural session as chief guest while Executive Director Engineer Abdur Rashid as special guest with ATM Rafiqul Islam, Director of the project, in the chair. Superintending Engineers Dr Abul Kashem and Shamsul Huda also spoke.
Chief Scientific Officer of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute Dr Amimul Islam, Principal Scientific Officer of Bangladesh Wheat and Maize Research Institute Dr Ilias Hossain and District Seed Certification Officer Sirajul Islam conducted training sessions as resource persons.
They narrated the aspects of quality seeds of various crops including paddy and wheat besides farming techniques in the Barind area.
Quality seed is very vital to improve crop yield and taking the issue into active consideration the step should be taken to feed the country’s increasing population.Rafiqul Islam told the meeting that the BMDA has been implementing the Tk 9.86 crore five-year project in 25 upazilas of Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts to boost quality seed production to meet up its gradually rising demands for more agricultural outputs in the region.
Dr Akram Chowdhury says more importance should be given on the crops which need less-irrigation. On the other hand, he said the agriculture system of the drought-prone barind tract has started facing problems due to multifarious reasons including the adverse impact of climate change.