High yield of Bangabandhu dhan100 makes farmers happy

Farmers are happy after getting high yield rate

of zinc-enriched Bangabandhu dhan100 rice between 7.30 and 7.50 tonnes in

terms of dry paddy per hectare of land this season in Rangpur region.

In the last two days, farmers in separate crop cutting functions harvested

six varieties of rice including Bangabandhu dhan100 at different areas of the

region, a press release said this afternoon.

Farmers got high yield of Bangabandhu dhan100 rice evolved by Bangladesh Rice

Research Institute (BRRI) marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman last year.

RDRS Bangladesh, an NGO, with assistance of the Department of Agricultural

Extension (DAE) organized the crop cutting functions in different upazilas of

Rangpur, Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat.

The NGO is expanding cultivation of six varieties of rice including

Bangabandhu dhan100 rice with technical assistance of International Rice

Research Institute (IRRI) under the Accelerated Genetic Gains in Rice

Alliance (AGGRi) Project funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In Kawnia upazila of Rangpur, Upazila Agriculture Officer of the DAE

Agriculturist Shahnaj Parvin attended crop cutting functions on exhibition

plots of farmers Abdul Mazid Sarker at village Balapara Hariswar, Morshia

Begum of village Butchara and Nurun Nabi of village Char Shabdi as the chief


Presided over by Agriculture Officer of RDRS Bangladesh Shahriar Azam Shakil,

Agriculture Extension Officer at Kawnia Upazila Agriculture Office Mohammad

Rakib Alam attended the functions as special guest.

In Taraganj upazila of Rangpur, Sub-assistant Agriculture Officer Badsha

Alamgir Bakshi attended the function on the exhibition plot of farmer

Shahjahan Ali Shipul in village Alampur as the chief guest.

Besides, the NGO organized crop cutting functions on exhibition plots of

farmers Abul Kalam Azad in village Khoddo Komarpur and Shorab Hossain in

village Bhatgram of Sadullapur upazila in Gaibandha and Sushil Chandro in

village Sarartari of Sadar upazila and Keramot Ali in village Purbo Bhelabari

of Aditmari upazila in Lalmonirhat.

In all exhibition plots, farmers harvested six varieties of rice including

BRRI dhan28, BRRI dhan74, BRRI dhan81, BRRI dhan84, BRRI dhan88 and

Bangabandhu dhan100 rice.

“Farmers got maximum yield rates between 7.30 tonnes and 7.50 tonnes of dry

paddy of Bangabandhu dhan100 rice while yield rates of other varieties

remained between 5.50 and six tonnes per hectare of land,” the release added.

Agriculturist Shahnaj Parvin stressed on expanding cultivation and

consumption of zinc-enriched rice varieties like BRRI dhan74 to meet zinc

deficiency of common people and enhance their disease resistant capacity.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)