Paddy transplanter is being used to sow paddy for the first time in Rangpur. On Friday, Bri-74 variety of paddy invented by Bangladesh Rice Research Center was planted in 20 acres of land in Ikarchali Union of Taraganj.
Through this, farmers would be benefitted with the adaptation of the technology in planting and thrashing crops. After that the harvesting and field day of Bri-74 paddy was held.
Taraganj Upazila Agriculture Officer Ashok Kumar Roy was present as the chief guest on the field day presided over by the Chief Scientific Officer of the Regional Rice Research Institute Md Adil Badshah.
Senior Scientific Officer of Bri Regional Office Rakibul Hasan was the special guest. Scientific Officer Tapan Kumar Roy, Anishar Rahman and others were also present.
Speakers at the meeting said that that the farmers had been making losses in paddy farming due to labour crisis. The machine will ease paddy cultivation by saving time and money to a great extent.
They further added that Bri-74 can be harvested in only 150 days. The yield of this paddy is 6 ½ tonnes per hectare.