Partnerships in Bangladesh

March 15, 2011 at 11:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Bangladesh delegation receives an ICARDA plaque in recognition of BINA’s research, and its contributions to small-scale agriculture

The Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) is a premier national research center, and an important partner in ICARDA’s collaborative programs in South Asia. This partnership is set to expand further, following a visit by Bangladeshi decision makers to ICARDA stations in Syria, Jordan and Dubai, 28 February to 15 March. The delegation comprised Dr MA Salam, Director of Research, BINA; Dr M Kamrunnahar, Deputy Secretary (Research), Ministry of Agriculture; and Dr MA Samad, Principal Scientific Officer and Head, Plant Breeding Division, BINA.

One priority is to expand collaborative research on food legumes: rhizobium biofertilizer, new varieties to intensify rice-based production systems, and village-based seed enterprises. BINA’s research on induced mutations, for example, could benefit plant breding programs in other developing countries; ICARDA could facilitate such knowledge transfers. Other priorities include conservation agriculture, improving water-use efficiency, and capacity development, targeting young scientists and graduate students. BINA and ICARDA are working together to develop more detailed plans, and explore funding possibilities.

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