The stakeholders, who were participants in the activity were composed of representatives from the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation, and partner NGOs; staff members of partner NGOs working in the Barisal, Patuakhali, Jhalokathi, and Bhola districts; scientists from the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute; selected farmers; seed dealers; and representatives from various private companies, UN organizations, and projects.
Md. Shahidul Islam, cropping systems agronomist of CSISA-IRRI in the Barisal Hub, presented the keynote paper.
Others who presented papers on prospects and problems in the adoption of high-yielding rice varieties in their respective areas were: Debangshu Kumar Saha (DAE-Barisal District); Md. Lutfar Rahman (DAE-Barguna District); Md. Abdur Razzak (DAE-Jhalokathi District); Niruttom Kumar Sarkar (DAE-Patuakhali District); and Satyen Mondal, head, BRRI R/S, Barisal.
The presenters and some of the participants exchanged accounts of their own experiences through lively discussion.
Also during the activity, a farmer named Md. Jalal Ahmed Akon received a crest from DAE-Barisal for his outstanding contribution to CSISA-IRRI activities and in the dissemination of modern rice technologies among farmers.
Khondokar Sirajul Karim, additional director, DAE-Barisal, encouraged the participants to provide services appropriate to a community, with emphasis on production of good-quality rice seeds and seeds of high-value crops such as flower, carrot, sunflower, and mungbean.
Guests of the event were Shahid Ullah, additional director for implementation, Field Service Wing, Khamarbari, Dhaka; Khondokar Sirajul Karim, additional director, DAE, Barisal; and M.A. Saleque, coordinator, CSISA-IRRI.
Loretta Hempsall, corporate services manager, CSISA-IRRI, also attended the workshop.
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