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Extension of high-yielding rice varieties now underway: Minister

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Published: 20:54, 2 October 2022  
Extension of high-yielding rice varieties now underway: Minister

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Agriculture Minister Dr M Abdur Razzaque on Sunday said the government is now working to enhance newly-invented high-yielding rice varieties with a yielding capacity of more than 30 maunds (37.32kg) per bigha.

“There is a huge scope of raising yield in the agricultural production which once was only 4-5 maunds in per bigha, but now it (per unit productivity) has reached to 17-18 maunds”, said the minister.

The minister made this comment while participating in a discussion on the national productivity day at Osmani auditorium in Dhaka. National Productivity Organisation (NPO) under the Ministry of Industries arranged the function, reports Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.

The productivity in the agriculture sector has increased tremendously due to the breakthrough  of developed variety and technology, he said, adding that “our scientists already have developed BRRI Dhan -89 and BRRI Dhan-92 and extension of these varieties are now underway.”

Dr Razzaque said: “The yield of these newly-innovated varieties has exceeded more than 30 maunds per bigha and the government is now trying to extend these varieties”.

Regarding the milk productivity, the agriculture minister said once our cows gave on average only 5 litres of milk, but now it has been increased to 28-30 litres due to variety development.

“But now we have to develop our variety in line with the variety development in Europe in order to raise our milking capacity up to 60 litres”, the minister told the function.

For raising productivity, the minister called upon to use fourth industrial revolutionary technology like artificial intelligence, robotics and genetic engineering and said various developed technologies are now available across the world, adding that now it is high time to make an evaluation of how much we are equipped with these technologies.

Participating in the discussion, State Minister for Industries Kamal Ahmed Majumder said “Bangladesh is now in a better position in terms of raising production as the contribution of industries  is now around 37 percent in the overall economy.”

Chaired by Director General (DG) of the National Productivity Organisation M Meshbahul  Alam, the function also was attended, among others, by Industries Secretary Zakia Sultana and FBCCI President Jasim Uddin.

 

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