|US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena |
discusses with local farmers the advantage of new
short-duration rice and mustard seeds (11 February).
CSISA activities in the area aim to test and introduce technologies that will allow farmers to improve their rice production and increase the number of crops they can grow.
These technologies are:
- Short-duration rice varieties that allow time for farmers to also grow mustard
- Mechanized direct-seeding
- Improved irrigation equipment, such as the low-lift axial flow pump that uses less fuel
- Cultivation of salt- and drought-tolerant varieties of wheat and maize
- Improved fertilizer application equipment, such as the urea deep-placement applicator
- Improved hatchery management and supply of good-quality fish fry for the community
The US ambassador was hosted by the following CSISA staff during his visit: Timothy Russell, IRRI representative for Bangladesh and CSISA-BD chief-of-party; Tim Krupnik, farming systems agronomist, CIMMYT; M.A. Bari, manager, and Kharibul Bashar, consultant, both of the CSISA Seed Project.
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