Agriculture Minister Dr Mohammad Abdur Razzaque on Monday asked all concerned including scientists, researchers, extension workers to spread invented technology in the field level for making it popular among the farmers.
The minister said this while speaking as the chief guest at a workshop on verification of technologies developed under the BATC-NATP project at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) auditorium in Dhaka on Monday.
Bina-11 has invented short-lived rice of Aman. As a result, it is possible to plant mustard in the middle of Aman and Boro seasons, he added. Salt tolerant rice varieties have been developed. There are about two million hectares of saline land on the coast. It is possible to cultivate saline tolerant paddy and harvest it twice a year, the minister stated.
The minister directed to spread these varieties and technologies in the field level through crush programme or time bound specific action plan. He said that how much land should be planted, it will be specified quickly in the coming boro, AUSH, Aman season.
This time we will buy all the produce of the farmers of Bridhan 89 and 92 and Aman Bina-11 in Boro as seeds so that there is no seed crisis, the minister stated.
If necessary, free seeds will be given to the farmers who are adopting new varieties and cropping patterns, the price of fertiliser will be further reduced, he added.
Abdur Razzaque said to take the technology to the farmers as much as possible and encourage the farmers.
At present, the government stock of rice is also the highest ever. Even then the price of rice is rising, especially the price of fine rice, he added. Ministry of Agriculture Additional Secretary Md Ruhul Amin Talukder, and BARC Chairman Sheikh Mohammad Bakhtiyar spoke at the workshop.
41 technologies were selected under the NATP project under BARC.