Gazipur, Mar 31: Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Dr. Matthew Morell visited Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) in Gazipur on Wednesday.
BRRI Director General Jiban Krishna Biswas welcomed Dr. Morell and his accompanies at the institute and briefed about its main features.
He also discussed the ways and means to strengthen collaboration between BRRI and IRRI in an opinion exchange meeting held on the occasion at the BRRI conference room.
Among others, BRRI Director (Administration and Common Service) Dr. Mohammed Shahjahan Kabir, Coordinator for Advanced Studies and Research Dr. Mohammed Abu Saleque, Heads of the research divisions of the institute, the senior scientists and officials along with IRRI representative for Bangladesh Dr. Paul Fox attended the meeting.
Dr. Morell’s visit was aimed to exchange ideas between scientists and policy makers as well as knowledge sharing on issues like collaborating efforts on promoting some frontier technologies and projects such as zinc enriched rice, golden rice and transforming rice breeding etc.
During the discussion the speakers stressed also on the need for quick dissemination of modern rice production technologies including farm machinery, seeds of salt tolerant rice varieties as well as how farmers are trying to cope with unfavourable environments using high yielding rice varieties and other inputs to the farm level especially in the south-western and southern coastal belt of the country.
Remembering the impacts of global warming Dr. Morell said, ‘Rice cultivation in Bangladesh is on the frontline to face the challenges of climate change and we have to double our efforts to cope with changing climate’.
IRRI DG also lauded BRRI for transforming rice breeding project related activities and expressed satisfaction after getting some latest information about BRRI technologies and their role in helping the resource to poor farmers of the country. He also expressed his willingness to extend all out cooperation to BRRI.
Dr. Morell showed special interest while taking a look at the confined field trial of the Golden Rice project at the BRRI premises.
He was also enthusiastic about the BRRI activities on plant breeding, biotechnology, farm mechanization, the Gene Bank and the institute’s preparedness in facing climate change during the visit.
He expects that zinc enriched rice as well as golden rice would play a vital role in ensuring nutrition security of the people of Bangladesh if it gets proper patronization from all the stakeholders here.