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BMDA plans multiplication of environment-friendly crop seeds

RAJSHAHI, March 5, 2013 (BSS)- Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) has planned multiplication of environment-friendly crops seeds as an effort to face the adverse impact of climate change in the region.

BMDA has adopted a five-year project titled "Boosting
production of Eco-friendly crops seeds in Barind" with
involvement of Taka 9.95 crore for the first time to this end.

The project intends to boost the production of environment-
friendly crop seeds especially high yielding paddy and wheat
varieties to its cut deficit.

"Under the project, we will facilitate the farmers to using
Eco-friendly seeds and compost and other organic fertilizers
through setting up demonstration plots," said ATM Rafiqul Islam,
director of the project.

Farmers and other officers and staffs concerned will be
imparted training on production of quality paddy and wheat seeds
and processing and preservation of those.

The barind area comprising 25 upazilas under Rajshahi,
Chapainawabganj and Naogaon districts is naturally drought-prone.
Farmers have enhanced cultivation of crops after taking
advantages of expansion of irrigation facilities triggering the
use of soil nutrients. For this reason, soil productivity has
started declining as the growers don't apply balanced fertilizer
and green manure in comparison to the demand.

He said Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and
Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) developed some
drought and cold tolerate high yielding rice and wheat varieties
but those aren't familiarized among the farmers due to lack of
proper initiative.

Measures will be taken to enhance production, processing and
preservation of the developed varieties for distribution among
the farmers in due time and price.

The project has provision of production, processing and
preservation of 1200 metric tons of paddy seed while 300 tonnes
of wheat for distribution among the farmers. 7.5 metric tonnes
seed of green manuring crop like dhaincha will be distributed
among the farmers to encourage them towards establishing 78 of
compost heaps.

Through developing 300 demonstration plots of paddy and 75
plots of wheat, more than 22,000 farmers will be brought under
necessary training on how to grow quality seeds.