Dhaka, Bangladesh
Zero tillage to raise food production at reduced costs

Zero tillage to raise food production at reduced costs

News Desk RANGPUR, July 2: Experts at a summit workshop here have laid emphasis on adoption of zero tillage (ZT) in the rice-wheat farming systems to increase food production substantially saving costs of labour, irrigation and fuel. They expressed the views at the workshop titled ZT Seeder Summit under 'Value chain policy interventions to accelerate adoption of zero tillage in the rice-wheat farming systems across the Indo-Gangetic Plains' project held at RDRS conference room on Monday, a press release said on Monday. Under the project, a field research study is being conducted to examine how the adoption of ZT seed drills could be accelerated to reduce prevalence of stubble-burning and boost sustainable food production amid water security in the Eastern Gangetic Plains region of Bangladesh. The University of Adelaide in Australia and RDRS Bangladesh jointly organised the event with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)-funding to re-orientate future state and national policies for faster adoption of ZT seed drills. With Project Leader and Senior Lecturer of the University of Adelaide Dr. Adam Loch in the chair, Chairman of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority Dr. Md. Akram Hossain Chowdhury attended the workshop as chief guest. Professor of Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University Dr. Md. Kamal Uddin Sarker, Professor of Bangladesh Agricultural University Mashiur Rahman, Additional Directors of Department of Agriculture Extension Md. Shah Alam and Md. Abdul Wazed and its Deputy Project Director Md. Shafiqul Islam Sheikh, Project Manager of International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center Md. Ashraf Ali spoke as special guests. Twenty-five participants, including agricultural policymakers, scientists, extension workers, machinery importers and manufacturers, machine operators, farmers associated with the Happy Seeder (HS) and ZT Seed drill value chains attended the workshop. Director (Field Operations) of RDRS Humayun Khaled delivered welcome speech while Project Coordinator and Adjunct Senior Fellow of the University of Adelaide Dr. Jay Cummins narrated workshop objectives. Dr. Jay discussed key recommendations merging out of field studies related to constraints of the HS/ZT seed drills and suggested the policymakers to adopt the best HS/ZT seed drill value chains in the Indo-Gangetic Plains. Dr. Adam Loch delivered the keynote presentation in the workshop coordinated by Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Md Mamunur Rashid. The chief guest stressed on taking time-befitting steps to accelerate adoption of ZT Seed drills in northern Bangladesh to further enhance food production at reduced costs making agriculture more profitable and sustainable.

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