Successful promotion of 4 cropping pattern stressed

RAJSHAHI Agricultural scientists and researchers

have called for promotion of four crop based yielding pattern through the

best uses of modern technologies in the vast Barind tract for sustaining soil

fertility and crop productivity specially BARI Sharisha14.

They viewed there has been an enormous prospects of bringing harvesting

intensity coupled with increasing food production through successful

promotion of the Transplanted Aush Transplanted Aman Mustard Sesame cropping

pattern. Farmers have vital role to play in this regard.

To maintain sound soil health, it could be advisable to grow mustard,

particularly BARI Sharisha14 using a different system in order to improve

compatibility between monsoon rice and upland winter crops. This would also

suit the shift in economic importance towards the winter crops over monsoon

rice.

They were addressing a farmers training and field day programme titled

Four Crop based Cropping Pattern Development Programme towards intensifying

cropping intensity and Yield held at Madarpur under Gomastapur upazila in

Chapainawabganj district today.

Barind Centre of On Farm Research Division (OFRD) under Bangladesh

Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) organised the training in order to

sensitize the farmers towards adopting the cropping pattern.

The initiative has been taken to increase agricultural production and

income of marginalised farming families of the Barind tract by adapting

climate adaptive sustainable agricultural technologies, diversifying income

generating activities and skill development.

Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture Komolaranjan Das

addressed the meeting as chief guest while Chief Scientific Officer of OFRD

Dr Akkash Ali was in the chair.

Deputy Directors of Department of Agriculture Extension Monjurul Huda

and Dr Saifur Rahman, BARI Chief Scientific Officer Dr Nazrul Islam,

Principal Scientific Officers Dr Alim Uddin, Dr Mazharul Anwar and Dr Jamir

Uddin and Senior Scientific Officer Dr Shakhawat Hossain also spoke.

They also visited some projection plots of BARI Sharisha14, a high

yielding mustard variety innovated by BRRI, that has gained popularity among

farmers in the region including its vast barind tract for the last couple of

years.

The newly innovated variety has opened up a door of boosting oil seed

production along with mitigating the adverse impact of climate change.

Additional Secretary Komolaranjan Das urged the farmers to promote the

new mustard variety for better yield to meet up the countrys gradually

increasing edible oil demand.

Dr Akkash Ali said the short duration mustard variety should be

incorporated in the cropping diversity in the region for the welfare of the

farmers in general as well as the nation.

The cash crop is now being cultivated everywhere in the region as it had

immense prospects to achieve self reliance in oil seed production, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)