In the seven years since Bangladesh approved its first genetically modified crop — insect-resistant eggplant (Bt brinjal) — the number of farmers growing it has increased from just 20 to well over 60,000. This figure includes only farmers who have obtained seeds from formal sources.
Lower yield and marginalized genetic gains across Nepal have been observed in the last decade mainly due to climatic variations, low adoption of improved varieties and a low SRR of 14%. Although in the Chitwan region more than 19%
The objective of this study was to determine the varietal adoption of wheat in Nepal and Bangladesh using DNA fingerprinting technology. Breeders seeds including landraces and denotified varieties were genotyped for reference
South Asian region enjoys a strategic position as the largest contiguous wheat producing region grown on over 32 million hectares in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan and production of over 102 million tons (FAO, 2017).
Rijuta Garapaty, Rituparna Majumder, Suman Dhakal Monday, April 6, 2020 Kashiram Khanal, one of the farmer leaders from the Torikhet cluster of the Chitwan region, is one of many farmers who are benefiting from the Seed Village Model at the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) […]
Author: Rituparna Majumder Historically, private sector companies have been dominating the development, introduction, distribution and growth of biotech crop market around the world. Bt eggplant is one of the few genetically modified products, developed by a public sector institution, to have been commercialised for cultivation […]
Author: Poornima Gade Globally the seed industry is undergoing significant transformation due to rapid strides made in trait development, trait convergence, and smarter reach of products to growers and application of information analytics for strategic business growth. There is a need for the Bangladesh seed […]
Rijuta Garapaty, Poornima Gade and Rituparna Majumder Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Wheat is one of the major cereal crops in Bangladesh and Nepal. Traditional varieties and landraces are abundant and valued in these countries, but population growth, vulnerability to climate change and diseases necessitates efficient […]
Rijuta Garapaty, Rituparna Majumder and Suman Dhakal Thursday, July 11, 2019 An innovative wheat seed production project in Nepal celebrated astounding growth by bringing some of its most successful farmers to an agricultural fair aimed at connecting people across the entire wheat value chain. Implemented […]
Richa Kapur Thursday, July 11, 2019 The wheat fields of South Asia account for nearly 20% of global production, making it a critical hotspot for scientists battling devastating wheat diseases like stem, yellow and leaf rusts that can wipe out entire crops. More than a […]