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Quality seeds needed for high yield

Experts say at workshop of agricultural officials

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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The farmers’ availability of quality seeds can help achieve 10-20 percent increase in production, said agriculturists at a workshop.

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

They were speaking at a daylong workshop related to boosting the quality seed production of pulse, oilseed and spices at Ashrai Training and Resource Centre in Rajshahi on Thursday.

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) organized the workshop under its “Farmers level Quality Seed of Pulse, Oilseed and Spice Production, Preservation and Distribution Project”.

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

Additional Director of DAE Sirajul Islam addressed the event as the chief while director of the project Khairul Alam was present as special guest.

DAE deputy director Khayer Uddin Mollah chaired the session, also addressed by DAE’s deputy directors Abdul Awal, Shamsul Wadud, Nazrul Islam and Jalal Uddin.

Sirajul Islam said, “Seed must be qualitative as its significance towards food security, nutrition and production enhancement is indispensible.”

He said, “There are enormous prospects of boosting pulse, oilseed and spice production in the region including its vast Barind tract. But it needs concerted efforts to tap the potentialities.”

Islam urged the officials to become more vigorous in encouraging the growers in seed production making the best use of existing natural resources.

He said the region has good natural resources including suitable topography and climatic condition, including its vast Barind tract.

Khairul Alam urged the officials to form Small and Medium Enterprises body with beneficiary farmers in the project so that they can foster their activities through ensuring the best practices.