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Bangladesh Has Bumper Harvest from Stress Tolerant Rice Varieties

October 23, 2013

Bangladesh has started harvesting a bumper production from newly bred stress tolerant rice varieties developed by Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA). Gene sharing was done with the International Rice Research Institute(IRRI). The developed varieties include saline tolerant: BRRI dhan 53 and 54; submergence tolerant: BRRI dhan 51 & 52 and BINA 11 & 12; drought tolerant BRRI dhan 56 & 57.

The USAID and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) are extending necessary assistance through IRRI for countrywide cultivation of these paddies through seed multiplication. Sustainable Rice Seed Production and Delivery System (SRSPDS) in Southern Bangladesh and Cereal System Initiative in South Asia (CSISA) projects are implementing the program under Stress Tolerant Rice for Poor Farmers in Africa and South Asia (STRASA) project.

Around 5,000 tons of seeds of different stress-tolerant rice have been distributed to farmers of different stress-prone areas. It is expected that yield from over 1.3 million hectares of stress-tolerant paddies will be harvested. Farmers have expressed satisfaction over the performance of the stress tolerant rice and the overall management system provided by the facilitating projects.

For more information, contact Dr. Khondoker Nasiruddin of the Bangladesh Biotechnology Information Center at nasirbiotech@yahoo.com