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Rice Seed Aids Bangladesh’s Cyclone Recovery

27 May 2013
FAI Farms

BANGLADESH - Bangladesh’s rice farmers recovering from Cyclone Mohashen, which hit the country last week, will receive free packages of flood-tolerant rice seed that they can plant next season to protect their future crops from flood damage.

This donation was announced during the visit of Bangladeshi Minister of Agriculture Begum Matia Chowdhury to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) headquarters in the Philippines. Minister Chowdhury came with a party of senior parliamentarians, members of the Standing Committee on Agriculture.

Committee members were Chairman Shawkat Momen Shahjahan, Kh. Abdul Baten, Abul Kalam Azad, Ahmed Nazmin Sultana, and Md. Mazibor Rahman Sarwar.

IRRI, through the Stress-Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA) project, will provide 10,000 seed minikits (2.5 kilos each) of high-yielding, flood-tolerant rice varieties to farmers in Barisal Division, which was hit by the cyclone. Farmers will be able to plant the

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