We are saddened by the news of Tamal Lata Aditya’s sudden demise. As the Research Director of the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Dr. Aditya was actively involved in the development and dissemination of several varieties and promising breeding lines that are responsive to the challenges faced by Bangladeshi farmers such as drought and low yield. Additionally, she was instrumental in developing and implementing BRRI’s research agenda including the release of the institute’s sixth conventionally-bred biofortified high-zinc rice variety.
Dr. Aditya, a distinguished agricultural scientist in Bangladesh, was one of the seven trailblazing researchers honored at the 2018 International Rice Congress organized by the International Research Institute (IRRI). She was conferred with the Senadhira Rice Research Award for Asian rice scientists working within a national agricultural research and extension system.
The entire IRRI community expresses its heartfelt gratitude for Dr. Aditya’s contribution in the rice sector of Bangladesh and South Asia. Our deepest sympathy to Dr. Aditya’s family and BRRI in these trying times.
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