Farmers to get all support to cultivate BARI Sarisa-14: BARI DG

Farmers to get all support to cultivate BARI Sarisa-14: BARI DG. Farmers of the region will get all-out assistance and technologies to expand cultivation of short duration and highly profitable BARI Sarisa-14 for increasing oilseed production to meet the edible demand locally.

Director General (DG) of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) Agriculturist Dr. Debasish Sarker said this at a function held at Chengmari Union Parishad (UP) hall room in Mithapukur upazila here on Sunday afternoon as the chief guest.

Farmers to get all support to cultivate BARI Sarisa-14: BARI DG

The Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) of BARI at Burirhat in Rangpur organised the event to distribute BARI Sarisa-14 seed and other inputs among the farmers of different villages under Mahiyarpur Block in Chengmari union of the upazila free of cost.

Chief Scientific Officer of RARS of BARI at Burirhat in Rangpur Agriculturist Dr. Ashis Kumar Saha presided over the function. Principal Scientific Officer of On-Farm Research Division of BARI at Alamnagar in Rangpur Dr Md Al-Amin Hossain Talukder, its Scientific Officer
Dr. Supriyo Ghosh and officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) were present, among others.

Farmers to get all support to cultivate BARI Sarisa-14: BARI DG

Dr. Saha said 200 exhibition plots of BARI Sarisa-14 and BARI Sarisa-18 are being set up in Rangpur division every crop season under the initiative of BARI with assistance of the DAE to demonstrate farming technology of the crop.

“We are providing training on production and seed storage of BARI Sarisa-14 and distributing cost-free inputs at farmers’ level during the off-season in between Aman paddy and Boro paddy farming since 2019 in Chengmari union of the upazila,” he said.

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RARS of BARI also provided training to farmers on cultivation of short duration but high yielding Aman rice varieties BRRI dhan-75 and BINA Dhan-17 and rice seeds free of cost this season to transform Mahiyarpur Block into an ideal area for mustard production during the off-season.

“Rangpur Regional Stations of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) are extending support for cultivation of short duration Aman rice there followed by BARI Sarisa-14 and Boro rice farming,” he said.

He said there is scope for lucrative production of BARI Sarisa-14 during the off-season between Aman paddy and Boro paddy cultivation in four lakh hectares of double-cropped land in all five districts of the region.

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The BRRI Chief assured farmers of providing all-out support for farming of BARI Sarisa-14 in a profitable manner to further enhance production of the oilseed.

“We will make available necessary mobile machinery for separation of oil from mustard seeds in an improved manner at village levels,” he said, and hoped that Mahiyarpur Block would become a role model in oilseed mustard production.

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