A joint study workshop and a final project completion dissemination seminar were held at Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Gazipur for capacity development of the BRRI on Monday.
Additional Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture M Anwarul Islam Sikder, Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission of Republic of Korea Kim Hyun-joo, Resident Representative of KOICA Bangladesh Office Kim Bok-Hee and BRRI DG Dr M Syedul Islam were present in the final seminar.
KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) had supported the project in a bid to develop the research capacity of the BIRRI,
Under the project, KOICA established a rice breeding laboratory and cold water chambers for developing new rice varieties.
Additionally, it conducted six joint researches with Korean and Bangladeshi researchers. The scientists researched on cold tolerant rice variety as well as development of new and advanced agricultural machineries adaptable to local conditions to increase the production of crop and food grain.
KOICA experts with the help of Bangladesh agricultural university also drafted a new agricultural mechanization policy for the government of Bangladesh to boost up effective measures in agricultural mechanization in Bangladesh.
In the workshop, Bangladeshi and Korean agricultural researchers presented several research papers on the outcome of their joint researches to disseminate the results to other researchers, extension workers, officials and beneficiaries.
The researchers published joint research papers on rice breeding, development of manual carrier, harvest mechanization, rice milling, hand-operated machinery, and direct seeders.
“With the generous help of Korean government and the technical assistance from KOICA, BRRI has developed its research capacity. The experiences will be an important asset for Bangladesh,” said Anwarul Islam Skider.
“This is an excellent cooperation between the two friendly countries for sharing knowledge and expertise for food security, poverty alleviation and economic development,” he added.
Kim Hyun-joo said: “Bangladesh is a priority partner country for Korean bilateral economic cooperation and Korea will increasingly support Bangladesh for its socio-economic development with its own development experience.”
He also said that the results of the joint researches need to be brought to farmers and end users for taking highest advantages from these researches.
“KOICA considers providing BRRI with follow-up supports in order to enhance sustainability of this project such as dispatching a Korean expert and connecting this project with other cooperation program of KOICA in Bangladesh,” said Kim Bok-Hee, Resident Representative of KOICA.
The workshop and seminar were also attended by officials, academicians and researchers of Ministry of Agriculture, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, Department of Agricultural Extension, and other related organizations, and the representative of Korea Institute for Development Strategy (KDS).