BD map appears on paddy field
CUMILLA, Apr 13: Manjur Hossen, a farmer of Managram area in Adarsha Sadar Upazila of the district, has created a map of Bangladesh on his paddy field.
He imported different types of 'black rice' seed from seven countries- Thailand, Indonesia, Philippine, India, Japan, China and Vietnam. The rice of the paddy is rich in nutrition. Every day people from many areas are coming to see the field.
Local agriculture officials and researchers said the black rice is pricey and has great demand across the world.
Some farmers- Rafiq Ullah Bhuiyan, Gautam Das and Billal Hossen said Manjur is showing the path of progress to other farmers. The price of black rice is higher than other rice. The local farmers are interested in cultivating the rice.
Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officer Md Salekur Rahman said Manjur collected the black rice seeds from seven countries and cultivated these. Besides, he cultivated a new variety of paddy invented and released by Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI).
Director of a project under the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Dr Md Mehedi Masud said farmer Manjur has done a job which is meant for scientists. The black rice has low glycemic index. It has some nutritive values which prevent various diseases of human. If the rice can be introduced to other areas, it will bring huge success in the country's agriculture sector.
Chief Scientific Officer of of BRRI, Cumilla Regional Office Dr Md Abdul Motaleb said, "We will send the sample of the rice to BRRI, Gazipur. After research of the rice, we will able to release it in market."
Deputy Director of Cumilla DAE Agriculturist Dilip Kumar Adhikary said the cultivation of black rice requires fewer agricultural inputs. Its cultivation method is the same as other high variety rice. Its market price is more than other rice. It gives more yield than other rice.
Manjur Hossen said, "The price of per kilogram black rice is Tk 1,000. I have cultivated the rice on two acres of land. I have planted the seeds in a way that a map of Bangladesh appears on the field."
It may be mentioned here that farmer Manjur got many awards in agriculture in the past.