Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bangladesh: Short-duration rice varieties help increase farmers' income

Farmers in the Sathkira District of Bangladesh have found that the tandem of short-duration rice and mustard varieties has helped increase their income, as it enables them to plant the boro rice on time in their rice-mustard-rice cropping system.

This was the highlight of a field day held on 15 January attended by 170 farmers from six villages. In the demo village, farmers grow either just two rice crops or a mustard crop (using a traditional mustard variety, Tori 7) between two rice crops.

Some farmers who saw the performance of short-duration rice (BRRI dhan39 and BINA dhan7) planted alternately with mustard varieties (BARI mustard14 and BARI mustard15) in 2011 began using the short-duration varieties in 2012. The results are encouraging yet more farmers to use the short-duration varieties in their traditional cropping system.

The field day was organized by Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sangha, a NGO partner of the Cereals System Initiative for South Asia in Bangladesh (CSISA-BD).

Md. Harunur Rashid, cropping system specialist, and Debabrata Mahalder, agriculture development officer of CSISA-BD's Khulna Hub, facilitated the event.

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