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Crop Biotech Update

Bangladesh Agric Minister: Consider Modern Technology

July 30, 2010

If the population growth continues at its present rate, Bangladesh will be burdened with 190 million in 2030 who will require 40 million tons of grain. Yield must increase from 2.8 to 3.8 tons per hectare which can only be achieved through development of new varieties using modern technology like biotechnology. Bangladeshi Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury forwarded these thoughts during the National Workshop on Research Priority in Agriculture held at the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) Auditorium, Dhaka. The workshop was organized by the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Minister also said that in addition to biotic stresses like pests and diseases, Bangladesh needs to develop crops that address problems of salinity, drought, and submergence, among others, to combat natural calamities. Director Generals of different Institutes and the IRRI Bangladesh Representative M. Zainul Abedin were also present and contributed to prioritizing the agenda for national research on agriculture. The meeting was attended by around 300 scientists and high officials and Chaired by Dr Wais Kabir, Executive Chairman, BARC.

For more news about crop biotechnology in Bangladesh email Dr. Khondoker Nasiruddin of the Bangladesh Information Center at nasirbiotech@yahoo.com