MYMENSINGH: Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) invented three new salt tolerant mustard varieties in three years of research with the coordination of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI). The three mustard varieties are BAU Sarisha-1, BAU Sarisha-2 and BAU Sarisha-3.
The information was given at a workshop titled ‘Development of Salt tolerant short duration rapeseed mustard variety’ at the Agriculture Faculty conference room on the campus on Sunday. Researchers said, the three mustard varieties will yield about 2.5 tonnes per hectare in saline soil and 3 tonnes per hectare in general soil. About 40-41% oil can be obtained from these varieties. The invented varieties can be cultivated in both saline and non-saline areas as well as mustard production in the country will increase. The varieties have already been registered with the National Seed Board. Chief Scientific Officer of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) Dr Ferdousi Begum was the principal investigator of the research under the supervision of research coordinator BAU Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding Department Dr Lutful Hassan, Professor Dr Md Ashraful Haque, Professor Dr Md Serajul Islam and Dr Rozina Afroz are the co-investigators of the research.Genetics and Plant Breeding Department head Professor Sharif Ar Raffi presided over the programme where BAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Lutful Hassan was present as Chief Guest. Executive Director of Krishi Gobeshona Foundation (KGF) Dr Jibon Krishna Biswas, Dean of Agriculture Faculty of BAU Professor Dr Md Abdur Rahim, Coordinator of Committee for Advanced Studies and Research of BAU Professor Dr Md Rafiqul Islam and director of BAU research system Professor Dr Md Abu Hadi Noor Ali Khan were present as special guests at the workshop.