Agricultural scientists and researchershave 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, reports BSS.
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 country’s 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.