In 2008 the print media reported that the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute had developed Banglamoti rice, similar to the Basmati rice of Pakistan and India, but its yield was expected to be double. Experimentally, Banglamoti rice was cultivated in different regions in Bangladesh and the result was encouraging. The news also mentioned that Banglamoti could be produced in both Amon and Aush seasons. It was hoped that within next ten years, half of the rice producing land of in Bangladesh would be engaged in Banglamoti cultivating. Four years has past since then, but unfortunately, the Banglamoti rice was not introduced.
We had hoped that, as the Banglamoti yield is hoped to be double of that of Bashmoti, the general people in Bangladesh would be able to get Banglamoti rice regularly in cheaper price.
I would like to urge the authorities to let us know the current stage of Banglamoti rice project. If it meets the expectation, this rice can bring good results for our farmers as this kind of rice has a lot of demand in domestic and international market.
Mohammad A Hossain
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