Health Desk-- June 23, 2017: Aiming to increase disease resistant capacity, prevent malnourishment and deficiency of vital micro-nutrients, agriculture experts have stressed on popularising cultivation and consumption of zinc-enriched BRRI dhan72 rice.
They came up with the opinion at a function organised by RDRS Bangladesh, an NGO, for distribution of zinc-enriched BRRI dhan72 rice seed among 250 male and female farmers at Joyrampur Anwar village under Mithapukur upazila of Rangpur district on Thursday.
The NGO has been expanding farming technology of zinc-enriched rice varieties during the Boro and Aman seasons in the northern region since 2013 as a local implementing partner of The HarvestPlus Challenge Programme.
With Agriculture Officer of RDRS Bangladesh for Rangpur Shamim Ahmed in the chair, Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension SM Ashraf Ali attended the occasion as the chief guest.
Agricultural Research and Development Officer of HarvestPlus Bangladesh Ruhul Amin Mandal attended the event as the special guest.
Shamim Ahmed discussed about cultivation technologies, importance of enhancing cultivation, benefits and optimum consumption of zinc-enriched rice for meeting nutritional demand of the people.
However, the chief guest called upon the farmers for popularising and enhancing cultivation of zinc-enriched BRRI dhan72 and other high zinc rice varieties to supplement zinc deficiency of the population side by side with attaining food security.