Super-hybrid rice to be introduced in country

MYMENSINGH, Apr 19 (BSS): A total of nine super-hybrid varieties of rice including aromatic ones are expected to be introduced in the country as a private company started producing the seed rice on trial basis in Mymensingh and Tangail districts.

Agriculturists say the new varieties of aromatic seeds could be cultivated during Boro season with hundred per cent smell and fine when the country cultivate such varieties in Aman season instead of Boro season.

Cultivation of jute, maize, Aus and Aman paddy would be possible on the same field as this new variety of rice could be harvested 10 days ahead of the country’s traditional harvest in crop rotation.

Partex Agro Limited, imported the super hybrid seeds, first of its kind, from India and China.

M Moklesur Rahman, a former chairman of Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) took the initiative as part of the government’s seed policy to promote the private sectors.

The two varieties of seeds were imported from India are JKRH-1220 (aromatic) and JKRH-401 (medium coarse hybrid) and seven varieties from China are BSL- 0901, BSL-0902, BSL-0903, BSL-0904, BSL-0905, BSL-0906 and BSL-0909, said Rahman, executive director of the Partex Agro Ltd.

Two years would be spent for intensive trial in the country’s six divisions and subsequently National Seed Board would give approval for import if the production of the super hybrid is 25 per cent more than the existing variety of rice such as BR-28, said Moklesur Rahman during a field visit to the districts.

Officials of seed production farm of BADC, district agriculture extension department, among others, were present during the visit at Gati village under Ampali union of Mymensingh district and Madhupur of Tangail.

Rahman said that more than 10 tonnes of rice could be produced by cultivating JKRH-1220 rice per hectare while other varieties produces only five to six tonnes of rice such as Kalijira and Kataribhog.

He said no new technology is required to cultivate the new varieties as any insect attack could be checked using traditional integrated pest management (IPM) and bio-fertiliser.

He expressed his hope that the country’s demand for rice would be met besides reducing price after successful production.

Source: The Daily Financial Express, 2o April 2009

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