Bangladesh-ICARDA Partnerships to GrowFebruary 27, 2012 at 9:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Partnerships between the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) and ICARDA have produced excellent results – but there is scope to expand these partnerships much further. This was the view of H.E. Matia Choudhary, Bangladesh’s Minister for Agriculture. Last month, she met with a joint Bangladesh-ICARDA delegation, including Drs Wais Kabir, Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council; R.I. Mondal, Director General of BARI; Kamil Shideed, ICARDA ADG-ICC; and Ashutosh Sarker, Coordinator of ICARDA’s South Asia and China Regional Program.
The Minister particularly sought ICARDA’s assistance in increasing the production of pulses – the main source of dietary protein in Bangladesh. The meeting discussed ‘target’ crops and their role in different cropping systems. For example, lentil and grasspea are suitable for cultivation in post-rice fallows. Following the meeting, plans are being developed for a comprehensive five-year collaborative program on pulses, which could include crop improvement research (targeting specific traits in each crop), capacity building for young Bangladeshi researchers, and additional technical and staff support.