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BINA dhan11 sustains 24-day submergence

By Mamun Islam back from Chilmari ...

RANGPUR, Nov 15, 2014 (BSS) - Growing plants of BINA dhan11 have successfully sustained a 24-day submergence at a stretch to resume normal growth again after recession of floodwater in village Patrokhata under Chilmari upazila of Kurigram this season.

The phenomenon in case of flood tolerant variety BINA dhan11 happened in the field of farmer Lal Mian creating huge enthusiasm among local farmers when all other traditional variety growing Aman rice plants were totally damaged in surrounding areas.

Lal Mian is now expecting to harvest his cultivated BINA dhan11 rice on one acre land within the next one week to get an average yield of around 4.5 tonne paddy per hectare.

Lal Mian narrated the success in farming BINA dhan11 to Project Scientist (Country Manager) of STRASA-IRRI Project in Bangladesh Dr MA Bari and Senior Reporter of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Mamun Islam in his crop field on Thursday last.

Administrative Assistant of RDRS Bangladesh Krishna Kamal Roy and upazila level officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and a large number of local farmers were present on the occasion.

Lal Mian said he has cultivated BINA dhan11 for the first time on his one acre land this season under the STRASA-IRRI Project with the assistance of Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) and the DAE.

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) extends cooperation through the Stress Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (IRRI-STRASA) Project for expanded farming of flood tolerant rice with funding of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Under the seed multiplication programme of the project, farmers have been cultivating flood tolerant BRRI dhan51, BRRI dhan52 and BINA dhan 11 and BINA dhan12 rice varieties during Aman season successfully in the country during the past four years.

While narrating his success, farmer Lal Mian expressed gratitude to Chilmari Upazila Agriculture Officer Nazrul Islam, Agriculture Extension Officer Ahsan Habib and Sub-assistant Agriculture Officer Rafikul Islam for continuous support for farming the crop.

"I prepared seedbed on June 25 and transplanted 40-day old seedling lately due to prolonged drought this season on my land on August 9 last when the plants started growing like other traditional Aman plants in surrounding areas," he said.

"After one week of seedling transplantation, floodwater of the Brahmaputra inundated my growing BINA dhan11 plants along with all other growing traditional variety Aman rice fields in the area on August 15 last," he said.

The floodwater receded from the area after 24 days of inundation on September 9 last when only a little sign of transplanted BINA dhan11 seedling remained in rotten state and the traditional variety Aman fields were completely damaged all-around, he said.

"After one week since recession of floodwater, the rotten hills (remains) of transplanted BINA dhan11 seedling started growing again giving birth to new tillers and my field again turned green miraculously within next two weeks," Lal Mian said.

On the other hand, all other traditional variety Aman rice plants were completely damaged leaving no sign of their existence, he said.

"Now, I am happy to have an excellent growth of the flood tolerant variety BINA dhan11 rice field that will be ready for harvest by the next weekend," a happy Lal Mian said.

Talking to BSS, Dr M A Bari lauded success of farmer Lal Mian in farming BINA dhan11 and called upon the farmers for an expanded cultivation of the flood tolerant rice adopting the latest technologies and agronomical management.