agrilife24.com desk:An 80-member-team of National Defence Course (NDC) from Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka visited Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) on Thursday (27 April 2017) in Gazipur. Higher military and civil officials from 14 countries including Bangladesh, USA, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, Tanjania, Srilanka, KSA, Oman, Pakistan, Nepal, Nigeria and Niger took part in the visit programme.
BRRI Director General Dr Bhagya Rani Banik presided over the meeting organized on the occasion of the visit at the auditorium of the institute.
Additional Secretary of the government Shahid Hasan, Director General of the Foreign Ministry Shah Ahmed Shafi and BRRI Director (Administration and Common Service) Dr Md Shahjahan Kabir took part in the discussion among others. BRRI Director (Research) Dr Md Ansar Ali briefed the visiting team members about the institute focusing on its main features including its success in development of high yielding rice varieties and other appropriate technologies as well as their impact on the national economy.
The NDC team, led by Major General S M Shfiuddin Ahmed was deeply impressed after being informed about BRRI’s success and achievements as well as having a look on the Biotechnology Division’s research lab, Farm Machinery and Post Harvest Technology Division, Soil Science Division’s experiment on greenhouse gas emission, variety development activities of the Plant Breeding Division and the BRRI Gene Bank.
A very lively and brilliant interactive session was held between BRRI officials and NDC team members. Heads of 19 research divisions of the institute, senior BRRI scientists and officials attended the meeting.
The visit was arranged as the part of a regular educational activities including exchange of ideas and knowledge in the areas of research and development as well as pleasantries.
BRRI DG Dr Bhagya Rani Banik said such exchange of opinion and experiences open up new windows of cooperation and creativity that help us to move forward.