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Experts for transfer of technology to increase crop output

RANGPUR, March 05, 2017 (BSS) - Agriculture experts at a farmers' field day here have stressed on transferring latest technologies among farmers to increase crop output at lower costs for ensuring food security amid changing climate.

They expressed the view at the field day programme on 'Technology
transfer' organised by Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) at its Burirhat Regional Agriculture Research Centre (BRARC) in the city on Saturday.

More than 100 male and female farmers visited the exhibition plots set up inside the BRARC campus showcasing cultivation technologies for disease resistant potato, BT brinjal, BARI Malta-1, wheat and BARI Mango-11.

Director (Training and Communication) of BARI at its Headquarters Dr Md Amjad Hossain attended the function as the chief guest.

Chief Scientific Officer of BRARC Dr Md Badiuzzaman presided over the programme also participated by officials, experts, scientists and researchers of different agriculture related departments and organisations.

Director of Wheat Research Centre in Dinajpur Dr Naresh Chandra Deb Barma, Principal Scientific Officer of Breeder Seed Production Centre at Debiganj Sajjad Hossain, Principal Scientific Officer at BRARC Dr Ashish Kumar Saha addressed the function.

Farmers Matiar Rahman, Aklima Begum and Mominur Rahman asked various questions on different issues related to cultivation technologies of diseases resistant crops and shared their field level experiences.

Dr Ashish Kumar Saha delivered welcome speech narrating the importance of making agricultural activities profitable for farmers through cultivation of disease resistant crops using latest and proven technologies amid changing climate.

"Bangladesh has achieved self-reliance on food during tenure of the present government that has been assisting the scientists for conducting research on agriculture for innovation of disease resistant crops and newer cultivation technologies."

The chief guest stressed on innovation, transfer and popularisation of newer technologies among farmers for increasing crop production and making agriculture more profitable through improving soil health, environment and ecology.

He laid emphasis on assisting farmers in reducing production costs, mechanisation of agriculture and crop intensification through cultivation of disease resistant and stress tolerant crops adopting latest and proven technologies amid changing climate.