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Scientists Developing Climate Resistant Crops, Improving Irrigation

06 May 2010

BANGLADESH - Scientists in Bangladesh are working on new species of climate resilient crops and ways to improve irrigation.

Agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury said rivers would be dredged to provide water for crops, bdnews24 reported.

Speaking at an international workshop entitled 'a climate resilient agriculture system in Asia', she said that dredging in the Garai River has already begun to aid farmers who are faced with declining areas of cultivable lands.

"Considering this situation, the government is putting stress on invention of climate resilient and fast-growing crops," Ms Chowdhury explained.

Growers in the northern region of Bangladesh are being hit by arsenic problems with their crops because of excessive use of underground water, she continued, highlighting the need for farmers to make the most of surface and rain water.

A salt-resistant strain of rice, BRRI Dhan 47, is already helping farmers in southern Bangladesh, the Integrated Regional Information Networks news provider has reported.

The grain was developed to aid growers hit with increasing salt levels in soils near the coast.

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