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Expanded farming of pesticide-free vegetables stressed
RANGPUR, April 6 (BSS) - Agriculture scientists at farmers filed day have stressed the need for expansion of the pests' attack resistant vegetable farming for saving the public health from harms of the pesticides.

Burirhat Horticulture Centre (BHC) of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) organised the occasion on 'Field Level Research and Validation of Pests' attack Resistant Bacillus Thuringensis (BT) High Yielding Variety Brinjal invented by BARI'
here on Thursday.

Director of Wheat Research Centre in Dinajpur Dr Jalal Uddin attended the occasion as the chief guest with Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Debiganj Gene and Seed Production Centre of BARI in Panchagarh Dr Abu Alam Mandal in the chair.

Deputy Directors of the Department of Agriculture (DAE) Golam Sobhani and Feroz Ahmed and CSO of the Biotechnology Division of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Centre Dr Dil Afroz Khanom attended as the special guests.

CSO of BARI at BHC Dr Hamim Reza delivered the welcome speech narrating the chronological developments in the field level research and validation for large-scale farming of pests' resistant BT brinjal.

Over 200 participants including male and female farmers, officials, public representatives, community leaders and elite took part in it and observed the on- spot successful farming of the BT brinjal.

The participants also visited growing fields of BT and traditional brinjal fields in the Burirhat farm of the BARI and observed differences in between the produced brinjals.

The scientists said seeds of BT brinjal would be distributed in near future among the farmers for its large-scale farming that requires no poisonous pesticide or insecticide to bring a revolution in farming human-health friendly vegetables.

BARI scientists evolved BT brinjal adding BT bacterium using gene engineering and the bacterium produces desired DNA character and protein that kill pests, insects and saves top soot borers and tender brinjal producing public health friendly and spot-free clean BT brinjal.

They said yield rates of BT brinjal are much higher than those of the other available varieties and the farmers will be benefited enormously and public health will be safer by consuming the completely chemical poison- free brinjal.

Farming of the traditional popular varieties of brinjal require applications of pesticides and insecticides frequently to save top soot borers and tender brinjal making the brinjal poisonous for human health, they said.
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