IRRI and BRRI continuously work together to ensure food security through Hybrid rice adoption by Farmers

IRRI and BRRI continuously work together to ensure food security through Hybrid rice adoption by Farmers
IRRI and BRRI continuously work together to ensure food security through Hybrid rice adoption by Farmers

IRRI and BRRI continuously work together to ensure food security through Hybrid rice adoption by Farmers

Food security is a serious challenge in Bangladesh, which is predominantly an agrarian economy with a high population density. Agriculture is a vital component of Bangladesh’s rural employment and revenue generation and is thus regarded as a lifeline for the country’s economy. IRRI and BRRI continuously work together to ensure food security through Hybrid rice adoption by Farmers.  

In terms of consumption, output, and geographical coverage, rice is Bangladesh’s most important food crop. The crop sub-sector dominates the agricultural sector, accounting for 14.3% of GDP, with rice accounting for around 53% of it. Rice accounts for more than 80% of the entire food supply.

The potential for increasing hybrid rice acceptance is considerable. The Government of Bangladesh has the chance to improve policy guidelines covering the following areas once it is informed about the existing condition of hybrid rice: first, to build or strengthen essential interrelationships and/or linkages among stakeholders such as the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), and the Department of Agriculture (DAE).

For more than five decades, Bangladesh and IRRI have collaborated. IRRI’s first foreign outreach project was in Bangladesh. In 1965, 303 rice cultivars were tested at the Savar Farm, a government-run dairy venture west of Dhaka. In 1967, the first extensively distributed, high-yielding semidwarf rice variety, IR8, was introduced into the country.

According to the International Rice Research Institute, the country’s rice production has increased 3.6 times in the last five decades, from 15 million tonnes in 1971 to 54 million tonnes in 2019, making it the world’s fourth-largest.

Because of major government investments in research, farming methods, and incentives, Bangladesh has achieved cereal self-sufficiency.

In the spread of hybrid rice, the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC), seed producers, dealers, and farmers are all involved. Second, after determining the state of varietal information, the relevant authorities may investigate the challenges farmers encounter when producing their variety. Finally, by suggesting the appropriate hybrid rice variety, the authority can have a substantial impact on hybrid rice farming. As a result, field extension staff, particularly Sub Assistant Agriculture Officers (SAAO), may be able to assist farmers in selecting the appropriate variety and following the recommended technique.

To meet the expanding population’s food needs, modern cultivars must be adopted for cultivation. Rice growers’ adoption decisions will be aided by the availability of high-quality seeds and region-specific cultivars.

Education, marginal and small farm size, training, distance to the local market, price volatility, taste, number of varieties cultivated, and yield variation are all factors that positively and significantly influence the adoption of BRRI cultivars.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University, IRRI and AERI Head to Head Adaptive Trial (HHAT) implementation:

Agribusiness Education and Research International(AERI) conducted a “Head to Head Adaptive Trial (HHAT) of Modern Rice Varieties (IRRI-BRRI Protocol)” at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University in Bangladesh during the Boro 2021-2022 season.

Under the Accelerated Genetic Gain in Rice (AGGRi) initiative, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University partners with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to undertake HHAT. The project’s goals include gathering reliable data and verifying the suitability of modern, high-yielding, promising rice varieties in various parts of the country; comparing popular varieties with candidate products; selecting suitable varieties for specific regions; rapid expansion of candidate products in the field level; and gathering farmers’ feedback on cultivable varieties and taking appropriate steps. Dr. Zilhas Ahmed Jewel, an assistant professor in the Department of Agriculture at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University, is in charge of 30 AERI-sponsored trials in hill tracts areas.

The AGRRi seed system team in Bangladesh is providing all types of technical support for the trials, including coordination, field supervision, and need-based field assistance, as well as supporting and assisting the partner in conducting the trials in accordance with the IRRI-Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) protocol guidelines to avoid bias.

The AGRRi seed system team already visited trials in some hill tracts areas.  

IRRI and BRRI continuously work together to ensure food security through Hybrid rice adoption by Farmers
The AGRRi seed system team already visited trials in some hill tracts areas.  IRRI and BRRI continuously work together to ensure food security through Hybrid rice adoption by Farmers. 

Trial implementation by AERI

BRRI and AERI Head to Head Adaptive Trial (HHAT) implementation:

Agribusiness Education and Research International also successfully implemented the trial titled “Head to Head Adaptive Trial (HHAT) of Modern Rice Varieties” under the TRB project of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in Boro 2020-2021 season, Aman 2021 season and Boro 2021-2022 season(ongoing)  in Bangladesh.

The trial was implemented in five districts in Bangladesh. By The way, Agribusiness Education and Agribusiness Education and Research International will be successfully completed the implementation of the trial as per the guidelines.

BRRI trial implementation by AERI
BRRI  HHAT  trial implementation by AERI

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