Bangladesh, with the help of the UN and several affluent countries, has launched a massive farming programme which will see this world's poorest nation self-sufficient in food by 1985.
GV of the paddy fields
Farmers in the field
The fertiliser is being prepared
The result of the new techniques -- the High Yielding variety of rice
The production method of the High Yielding Variety of rice
The cross breeding technique
Few samples of the paddy
Thrashing of rice
The research of the new technique in the laboratory
The research on insecticides
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Background: Bangladesh, with the help of the UN and several affluent countries, has launched a massive farming programme which will see this world's poorest nation self-sufficient in food by 1985.
With its population still rising at the rate of 2.8 percent annually, Bangladesh runs short of food every year to the order of 1.7 million tons. Being unable to generate so much of money, the country ha naturally to lock to the rich nations in the world to buy food for its people.
But the foreign experts working in Bangladesh have realised that the traditional farming pattern would not ever help this country overcome the food shortage. The country must go for a variety of paddy which gives higher yield.
That's how the experiment of the so-called High Yielding variety of rice had begun in Bangladesh Today, in five districts where this variety of rice is extensively grown there is hardly any signed of poverty. The fields look green throughout the year. Its result are also felt in the areas surrounding the fields. New rice mills are coming up and so the new shops and other trading activities.
The present variety of rice, which gives nearly a ton of rice in a hectare of land, is the outcome of intensive research done by the Bangladesh scientists with their counterparts in Japan, Germany and Thailand. Bangladesh Government hopes that the experiment will soon be extended to the other areas in the country.
The reason why it cannot be extended straightaway to other areas is that Bangladesh is currently running short of fertiliser. And the fertiliser and irrigation are the basic ingredients of the new experiment.
As a Bangladesh official said,"we may not need international help to feed us any longer".