Farmers in Jhenaidah harvested five tonnes of rice per hector land cultivating new variety of Aman rice BRRI-75.
Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) conducted a field trial at the land of Liaquat Ali, a farmer at Fulhari village in the country’s southern district of Jhenaidah. The trial was conducted under the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) project funded by USAID.
“The seedbed is sown from June 20 to the first week of July. Harvesting of the rice already started at the trial filed of BRRI,” he said.
Dewan said the variety can give higher yield in advance as compared to other high yielding long-term varieties and farmers can cultivate potato, mustard, maize, wheat, and other Rabi crops in their field after harvesting it.
Md. Liaquat Ali said, “We are very happy to see the early harvest and high yield of the variety. It will help us a lot get higher prices for our products as well as for straw.”
BRRI senior-specialist Sharif Ahmed said, “Through the CSISA project, we have been working for the last three years for the expansion, market development, connectivity and brand creation of this variety.”
“This variety of rice is long and thin in the shape of rice. Also, a light scent comes out of the rice during and after cooking,” he said.
“Due to the characteristics of long and thin, farmers are able to sell this variety at a higher price. For this, they are more interested in cultivating this variety,” Ahmed said.
BRRI director general Md. Shahjahan Kabir said, “The short-life cycle of this variety would open the doors for farmers to cultivate a new variety. Farmers will be able to plant Rabi crops easily after cutting this variety.”
He said, “Due to early harvesting of this paddy and its premium quality, farmers will get higher prices also,” he emphasised.