Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

‘Quality seed essential for boosting crop production’

‘Quality seed essential for boosting crop production’

RAJSHAHI: Officials and scientists of Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) opined that the farmers can easily be enhanced 15 to 20 percent on an average if they can derive total benefits of using quality seed in their farm lands properly.

They viewed that the field level agricultural officials and other staff concerned should take the responsibility of making the farmers competent for enhancing quality seeds of high valued crops to meet up the gradually mounting demands of those in the country.

They came up with the observation while addressing the closing session of a daylong workshop related to boosting the quality seed production of paddy, wheat and jute at the training hall of Rajshahi Zonal Office of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in the city on Tuesday.

DAE under its ‘Farmers level Quality Seed of Paddy, Wheat and Jute Production, Preservation and Distribution Project’ organised the workshop discussing and devising ways and means on how to enhance quality seed production.

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

DAE Director Zahidul Amin and Director of the project Ahammad Ali Zinnah addressed the workshop as chief and special guests respectively with Additional Director Masudur Rahman in the chair.

DAE’s Deputy Directors Khayer Uddin Mollah, Mozder Hossain, Mahmudul Faruque, Shamsul Wadud and Nazrul Islam also spoke disseminating their expertise on the issue side by side with portraying a salient feature related to prospects and problems of the seed production.

Agriculturist Zahidul Amin said seed must be qualitative as its significance towards food security, nutrition and production enhancement is irreparable.

He said seed must have to be qualitative as its significance towards food security, nutrition and production enhancement is indispensable.

He told the meeting that there are enormous prospects of boosting paddy, wheat and jute production in the region including its vast Barind tract and there is a need for concerted efforts to materialise the potentialities.

Amin mentioned that the government has attached highest priority to the agriculture sector and added that the field level officials and researchers should take the responsibilities of reaching the government’s services to the farmers’ doorsteps.

Ahammad Ali Zinnah called for forming Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with beneficiary farmers of the project so that they can sustain their activities through utilising their best practices.