To fulfill the local demand for edible oil, ACI announced to get self-sufficient by cultivating Sunflower to reduce import dependence.
Recently the company said this after completing a successful experimental cultivation period of the Hysun-36 variety of Hybrid Sunflower distributed by ACI Seed in the Barishal area.
Recently, ACI Seed organized a field day at Ranipur village of Subidkhali in Mirzaganj upazila of Patuakhali district.
Additional director of Barisal Region of Department of Agriculture Extension Md Shaukat Osman said that this oil is ten times more nutritious than any other oil. As a result, its popularity is increasing day by day.
Business Director of ACI Seed Sudhir Chandra Nath said that Hysun-36 is a short-term, drought and saline soil-tolerant oilseed crop. Its lifespan is 100 days to 110 days and its oil content is 46 percent to 48 percent. The yield of the variety is 11.75 maunds per bigha.
He also said that currently, the demand for edible oil in Bangladesh is 2.4 million tonnes, of which 21.1 million tonnes, or 88 percent have to be imported. Our goal is to meet at least 40 percent of the demand with locally produced edible oil. Hysun-36 variety is suitable in our region according to the climate and saline soil tolerant. Also, it is more profitable for the farmers than Dal crops grown at the same time, according to ACI Seed.