Quality seed imperative to enhance farmers' level crop production
RAJSHAHI, Sept 16, 2021 (BSS)- Farmers' level crop production can easily be enhanced to 15 to 20 percent on an average if they can avail the scope of using quality seed in their farming fields, said agriculturists at a workshop today.
The field level agricultural officials and other staff concerned should take the responsibility of making the farmers competent for enhancing quality seeds of the high valued crops to meet up mounting demands of those in the country.
They came up with the observation while addressing a daylong workshop related to boosting the quality seed production of pulse, oilseed and spices at Ashrai Training and Resource Centre in Rajshahi today.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) under its 'Farmers level Quality Seed of Pulse, Oilseed and Spice Production, Preservation and Distribution Project' organised the workshop.
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.
Additional Director of DAE Sirajul Islam and Director of the project Khairul Alam addressed the meeting as chief and special guests respectively, while DAE Deputy Director Khayer Uddin Mollah was in the chair.
DAE's Deputy Directors Abdul Awal, Shamsul Wadud, Nazrul Islam and Jalal Uddin also spoke. Agriculturist Sirajul Islam said seed must be qualitative as its significance towards food security, nutrition and production enhancement is indispensible.
He told the meeting that there are enormous prospects of boosting pulse, oilseed and spice production in the region including its vast Barind tract and there is a need for concerted efforts to materialize the potentialities.
Islam urged the attending officials to become more vigorous towards encouraging the growers in the field of infusing dynamism into the seed production activities by themselves after the best uses of existing natural resources including suitable topography and climatic condition in the region including its vast Barind tract.
Khairul Alam asked them to form Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with beneficiary farmers of the project so that they can sustain their activities through utilizing their best practices.