Quality seed imperative to enhance farmers’ level crop production

20 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Farmers’ level crop production can easily be enhanced to 15 to 20 percent on an average if they can avail the scopes of using quality seed in their farming fields, said agriculturists at a workshop here.

The field level agricultural officials and other staffs concerned should take the responsibility of making the farmers competent for enhancing quality seeds of the high valued crops to meet up the gradually mounting demands of those in the country, reports BSS.

They came up with the observation while addressing the closing session of a daylong workshop related to boosting the quality seed production of pulse, oilseed and spices at BGB Party Point in the city on Wednesday.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) under its ‘Farmers level Quality Seed of Pulse, Oilseed and Spice Production, Preservation and Distribution Project’ organised the workshop discussing and devising ways and means on how to enhance quality seed production.

More than 100 DAE’s district and upazila level officials and other agriculture related scientists and researchers took part in the workshop updating their knowledge on the issue.

Project Director Khairul Alam and its Consultant Ashraful Islam addressed the session as focal persons while DAE Additional Director Deb Dulal Dhali was in the chair.

Chief Scientific Officer of Spice Research Centre Hamim Reja, DAE Deputy Directors Shamsul Haque and Monzurul Huda and Deputy Project Director Khandaker Mahbubur Rahman also spoke on the occasion disseminating their expertise.

Agriculturist Khairul Alam said seed must be qualitative as its significance towards food security, nutrition and production enhancement is irreparable.

He urged the attending officials to become more vigorous towards encouraging the growers in the field of infusing dynamism into the seed production activities by themselves after the best uses of existing natural resources including suitable topography and climatic condition in the region including its vast Barind tract.

Alam also asked them to form Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) with beneficiary farmers of the project so that they can sustain their activities through utilizing their best practices.

To remove the crisis of quality seed, he said time has come to establish farmers SME for promoting production of breeder seed.