This post is about another Web Portal of Agriculture Institute in Bangladesh which is Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA). BINA has become functioning as a small radio-tracer laboratory during the year 1961 and today it stands on a solid infrastructure of the Government of Bangladesh. BINA is a specialized national agricultural research Institute and have the mandate to use nuclear tools in agricultural research. It is now prepared to face current and future challenges in crop production sector using nuclear and other advanced techniques.
About the BINA (based on the web portal of BINA):
Scientists of the Institute are doing their research in various agricultural disciplines by the Peaceful use of these tools with major emphasis on varietal improvement of crops, management of soils and fertilizers, development of appropriate techniques to improve quality and quantity of crops, development of methods for controlling diseases and insect pests and management of water.
The Institute has already developed 56 improved mutant varieties of different crops by using the radiation technique. The developed crops have been released by the National Seed Board of Bangladesh for large-scale cultivation in the farmers’ field.
Some of the mutant varieties, e.g., Iratom-24, and Binasail of rice, Binamoog-2 and Binamoog-5 of mungbean, Binasarisha-3, Binasarisha-4 and Binasarisha-5 of rapeseed, Binachinabadam-2 and Binachnabadam-3 of groundnut have created economic impact.
Further, nuclear techniques have been successfully used to identify seven rhizobial inoculants capable of fixing higher biological nitrogen, and thereby, increasing grain yield of lentil, chickpea, mungbean, cowpea, groundnut and soybean. Moreover, nuclear techniques are being successfully used in pest, soil and water management studies, nutrient uptake researches, organic matter and crop residues study to avoid degradation and preserve the environment.
However, scientists are facing challenge to transfer the results of research from the laboratory to the field. Useful lessons can be derived from the successful implementation of “Lab to Land” program of their New Agricultural Extension Policies. Farmers, both men and women, are essentially required to be involved in the use of new technologies. For, it is only with their active participation that we can achieve the goal of sustainable agricultural development. To this effect BINA has a technology transfer program. New technologies of this institute are made popular to the farmers through on-farm demonstrations all over the country. This massive task is being accomplished through joint collaboration of BINA with Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) and NGOs. BINA has also training programs for scientists, extension personnel, farmers (both men and women) on the improved technologies developed at the institute for higher productivity.
Achievements of BINA:
For the outstanding contribution in the field of agriculture, the institute has been awarded “President Gold Medal” in 1979-80. Many of its scientists have received prestigious medals and certificates, such as “President Medal“, and also from various societies like “Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Science,” “Women Scientists Society“, “Kazi Mahbubullah Trust“, etc.
To know more details about BINA visit their web portal.
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