Dhaka, Bangladesh
Inbreed seeds boosting underscored

Inbreed seeds boosting underscored

News Desk RAJSHAHI, May 16: Agriculturists at a participatory discussion here recently put emphasis on optimum inbreed trial assessment for quality control and said the authorities concerned should come forward and work together for boosting production. They also stressed the need for boosting the production of inbreed seeds as the vital means of enriching the field of crop seeds. An integrated effort to boost the seed production of various crops at farmers’ level to meet the gradually mounting domestic seed demands, they also added. The observation came at the daylong seminar titled “Inbreed Trial Assessment Programme Enhancement” in the conference hall of Additional Director Office of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in the city. Regional Seed Certification Office organized the seminar for devising ways and means for boosting inbreed seeds to increase yields to ensure food security. Director of Seed Certification Agency Khairul Bashar addressed the meeting as chief guest while additional directors of DAE Mustafizur Rahman and Matiar Rahman spoke as special guests with Regional Seed Certification Officer Sirajul Islam in the chair. During his keynote presentation, Ahmed Safi, Assistant Regional Seed Certification Officer, says close-coordination between all the departments concerned is very important to enhance inbreed trial assessment. Seeds should reach the farmers after a proper and effective trial assessment. In his recommendation, Agriculturist Safi said only the seed varieties, which are suitable for conservation. Agriculturist Khairul Bashar put emphasis on optimum inbreed trial assessment for quality control and said the authorities concerned should come forward and work together to this end. He mentioned the seed varieties especially of cereal crops like paddy, wheat and maize, which could be sustained in the field for long, only should be permitted for releasing to the farmers. “If we can ensure it the farmers could be freed from burden of purchasing their necessary seeds every year,” he opined adding that farmers’ interest must be given priority as they are the vital strength of making the country self-reliant in seed production.

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