Published:  12:25 AM, 04 December 2019

Commercialization of bio-fortified zinc rice emphasized

Commercialization of bio-fortified zinc rice emphasized Rangpur Divisional Commissioner KM Tariqul Islam speaking at a workshop on 'Adaptation and Commercialization of Bio-fortified Zinc Rice' organized by HarvestPlus Bangladesh at the conference room of Divisional Commissioner on Tuesday.

Agriculture and health experts on Tuesday stressed on adaptation to bio-fortified zinc rice and its commercialization and regular use to free the common people from malnutrition-related complicacies.

They expressed the view at a workshop on 'Adaptation and Commercialization of Bio-fortified Zinc Rice' organized by HarvestPlus Bangladesh at the conference room of Divisional Commissioner in Rangpur.

Divisional Commissioner KM Tariqul Islam attended the event as the chief guest while Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Md Zakir Hossain was in the chair, reports BSS.

Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and other agriculture-related organizations, health and education officials, food and social welfare officials and journalists of Rangpur division participated in the workshop.

Additional Divisional Commissioner (Revenue) Abu Taher Md Masud Rana, Deputy Commissioner Md Asib Ahsan and HarvestPlus Bangladesh Country Manager Dr Md Khairul Bashar addressed as special guests.

Officer-Agriculture Research and Development of HarvestPlus Bangladesh Agriculturist Ruhul Amin discussed the success achieved in farming eight varieties of zinc-enriched rice and preservation and distribution of its seeds in the country.

"Zinc deficiency hinders physical and mental growth of children, cusses apathy to meal intake, skin disease, disease infestation, memory-loss, diarrhea and pneumonia," he said, adding that zinc plays a vital role in reducing infertility and increasing immunity.

HarvestPlus Bangladesh Seed System Specialist Mozibar Rahman delivered presentation on 'Bio-fortification as a strategy for addressing micronutrient deficiencies in Bangladesh' and forwarded suggestions for implementation of the strategy.

Project Coordinator of the organisation Syed Hanifa delivered presentation on 'Commercialization of bio-fortified zinc rice in Bangladesh' putting importance on production and smooth supply of bio-fortified zinc rice and creating its market demand.

Moderated by HarvestPlus Bangladesh Senior Manager Dr MA Saleque, Divisional Deputy Director (Health) Dr Habibur Rahman, DAE and BADC Deputy Directors, Rangpur Regional Controller of Food Mohammad Raihanul Kabir and BSS Senior Reporter Mamun Islam spoke, among others, in the open discussion.

The speakers called upon scientists, policy makers, top officials of paddy and rice marketing companies for engaging coordinated efforts to formulate realistic methods for accelerating smooth marketing of bio-fortified zinc rice in Rangpur division.

The chief guest lauded HarvestPlus for promoting nutrition and public health through disseminating micronutrient-rich bio-fortified food crops in Bangladesh and providing global leadership to the expansion of bio-fortification technologies.

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