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DU greenhouse inaugurated

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  • 13 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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DU greenhouse inaugurated

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Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin inaugurated a greenhouse at Curzon Hall Botanical Garden on Dhaka University (DU) campus on Sunday.

The greenhouse will help produce climate-tolerant crops in the country. 

It was built under a project funded by the Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund, said a press release of the ministry.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest, the minister said building a greenhouse at DU for the first time is a significant event on the occasion of the golden jubilee of independence.

He said it will be possible to carry out preliminary research on the development of climate-tolerant and disease-resistant crops.

Inside the glasshouse, it is possible to control all the elements, including temperature, humidity and light, which are required to produce crops.

DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Akhtaruzzaman presided over the ceremony while Pro-VC (Administration) Prof Muhammad Samad, Pro-VC (Education) Prof ASM Maksud Kamal, Project Director and Vice-Chancellor of Jagannath University Professor Md Imdadul Haque, Managing Director of Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Dr  Md Rezaul Haque and Dean of the Faculty of Biology Prof Mihir Lal Saha were present as special guests.

In the controlled greenhouse environments, any crop can be produced all year round without waiting for the specific season. It is very important for crop innovation through biotechnology. 

This will enable year round crop production as well as scientific observation of improving quality crops.

Shahab Uddin further said the agriculture sector has felt the impact of climate change most.     

For reducing the risk to agriculture sector by adapting to this adverse situation, various adaptive techniques need to be adopted.