BINA Creates New Salinity Tolerant Paddy
Wednesday, 18 August 2010

The Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) has innovated a new type of salinity tolerant paddy species for the country's southern area, where percentage of salinity in soil and water is much higher than that of other parts of the country.

BINA officials hoped the salinity tolerant paddy will increase the production of rice per hector in the southern areas of the country.

Earlier, agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury had said that Boro cultivation had to be increased in the southern region, instead of the northern areas, as there are sufficient rivers and canals in the area for irrigation.

Agriculture ministry seed wing director general Anwar Farooq told that experiments with the new paddy has ben successful and that BINA -8 is more durable than BIRI-47, an species of paddy invented earlier by the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute for the Boro season.

"The new species will be distributed for cultivation soon," he added.

He also said that BINA-8 does not degenerate if it late to ripen and takes 155 to 165 days to mature.

Officials of the agriculture ministry said that the southern region of the country accounts for 1 lakh hectors of the country's total 90 lakh hectors of cultivable land.

However, its proximity to the sea has made the area's cultivating lands salty, which hinders a satisfactory rate of production.

Boro or dry season cultivation is carried out mostly with BIRI 47 in the southern region.

BINA director general M Sayedur Rahman told that BIRI 47 production is three to four metric tons per hector, whereas the newly created rice is expected to yield four to five metric tons per hectare.

"Experiments have revealed that BINA-8 is more resistant to salinity than BIRI-47," Rahman said.

The yield of rice during Boro season was 1.87 lakh metric tons last year. Boro cultivation is carried out in the northern areas of the country with underground water.

Specialists have said that due to irrigation, the underground water level is receding.

Former agriculture secretary and researcher Z Karim suggested that BINA-8 would be better than the BIRI-47 variety.


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