Implementation of the trial titled “Head to Head Adaptive Trial (HHAT) of Modern Rice Varieties(IRRI–BRRI Protocol)” under Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University in Boro 2021-2022 season in Bangladesh by Agribusiness Education and Research International(AERI)
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University collaborates with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) under AGGRi program to conduct HHAT. The objectives of the project are- collecting robust data information and verifying the suitability of modern high yielding promising varieties of rice in the different parts of the country; comparing popular varieties with candidate products; selecting suitable varieties for specific regions; rapid expansion of candidate product at field level and collecting the farmers feedback on cultivable varieties and taking necessary steps. Dr. Zilhas Ahmed Jewel, Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University managing hilly areas 30 trials associating with AERI.
The AGRRiseed system Team in Bangladesh are providing all kind of technical support for conducting the trials, coordination, field supervision, and need-based field assistance. As well as supporting and helping the partner for conducting the trials as per IRRI–BRRI protocol guidelines for avoiding any kind of biasness.
Bangladesh and IRRI have been working together for more than five decades. Bangladesh was the site of IRRI’s first overseas outreach operation. The Savar Farm, a government-run dairy venture outside Dhaka, examined 303 rice cultivars in 1965. The first widely circulated high-yielding semidwarf rice variety, IR8, was introduced into the country two years later, in 1967.
According to the International Rice Research Institute, the country’s rice production has climbed 3.6 times in the last five decades, from 15 million tonnes in 1971 to 54 million tonnes in 2019, making it the fourth biggest in the world (IRRI).
Bangladesh has attained cereal self-sufficiency because of significant government investments in research, farming technologies, and incentives.
Bangladesh is a significant agricultural country, and the country’s economy is still heavily reliant on it; agriculture employs 70% of the people directly or indirectly.
Rice is a basic food for more than half of the world’s population, including Bangladesh’s 135 million inhabitants. Rice accounts for over half of all rural jobs, two-thirds of total calorie supply, and one-half of total protein consumption for the average person in the country. Rice is grown by about 13 million families across the country on around 10.5 million hectares. Rice is cultivated on around 75% of the total farmed area and over 80% of the total irrigated area. Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) was founded in 1970 with the goal of developing contemporary rice varieties that are better adapted to local growing conditions and enhanced production procedures that have won it a high reputation in Bangladesh and throughout the world.
The trial will give more confidence to farmers for choosing the best product for their region or community through these different varietal characteristics exhibition with their own agronomic management practice. Below are varietal characteristics and agronomic management which will give more confidence to the farmer and their neighbor:
Growing season, Growth duration, Ecosystem, Tolerance, Plant height, leaf arrangement, yield potential, grain size, shape, and color.
Seed and seedbed preparation, seedling uprooting, use of optimum aged seedling, Land preparation, Balanced fertilization, Optimum irrigation, Weed management, Insect and disease management, Timely harvesting, etc.
Head to Head Adaptive Trial (HHAT) of the following Modern Rice Varieties implemented by Agribusiness Education and Research International:-
- Bangabandhu dhan100
- BRRI dhan 74
- BRRI dhan 84
- BRRI dhan 88
- BRRI dhan 96
- Chakka Panja
Use of optimum aged seedling for transplantation
This trial will be implemented in three districts in Bangladesh. Already Seeds are given to farmers at the early of Boro 2021 season. Now, Farmers are started transplanting rice. By The way, Agribusiness Education and Agribusiness Education and Research International will successfully implement the trial as per the guidelines. Agribusiness Education and Research International also successfully implemented the trial titled “Head to Head Trial (HHAT) of Modern Rice Varieties” under the TRB project of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in Boro 2020-2021 season, Aman 2021 season in Bangladesh.
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