cultural, and other thematic materials and information could be displayed for the public. He also indicated that if the fair is organized by MoA, BRF would be able to participate in it with a focus on rice's influence on the life style, art and culture of the people of Bangladesh. The proposition was accepted by the Secretary MoA as well as the national committee for celebration of IYR 2004, and instructions for holding the fair have already been issued.
Workshop on the research project "Potential of Exporting Aromatic and Fine Quality Rice from Bangladesh"
Seminar on "System of Rice Intensification" (SRI)
International Seminar on the theme "Food Policy in Bangladesh: Issues and Perspectives"
An International Seminar on the theme "Food Policy in Bangladesh: Issues and Perspectives", which was jointly sponsored by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), and BRF, was held on 13 March 2005 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka. The Seminar was participated by four (4) members of the IFPRI Board of Trustees, 13 IFPRI researchers, three cabinet ministers of Bangladesh (Finance and Planning, Food and Disaster Management, and Agriculture), distinguished local researchers and specialists on food policy in both the public and private sectors, including several Board members of BRF, and representatives of the donor community. This was a very high-profile activity. BRF was responsible for its local organization and management, but all necessary expenses for the seminar were borne by IFPRI. The proceedings of the seminar were subsequently published by IFPRI.
Workshop on "A National Rice Policy for Bangladesh"
A peer review workshop on "A National
Rice Policy for Bangladesh" was organized in August 2005 at the conference
room of BARC. The purpose of this activity was to allow a selected group
of professionals from the public and private sectors and the NGOs to review
the final draft of the national rice policy document that was produced by
the team of BRF experts having worked on this project for about a year.
A number of highly useful comments and suggestions emerged during the workshop,
which were carefully considered in preparing the final document on the topic.
Meet the press on rice data bank inauguration, quarterly newsletter publication and Awarding of innovative rice farmer:
Bangladesh Rice Foundation (BRF) organized a Press Conference on 9th April 2007 the conference room of the Agriculture Information Services (AIS), Khamar Bari Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh.
M. Syeduzzaman - Chairman, Bangladesh Rice Foundation (BRF) addressed the press conference. The Executive Director of BRF, members of the Board of Trustee (BOT) of BRF, Director of AIS, Chief Scientific Officer (P&E) of BARC, journalist of different daily paper and TV were in the session.
The press conference addressed three issues i.e. (i) Inauguration of the Rice Data Bank; (ii) First version of the quarterly BRF News Letter Release; and (iii) Recognition of Innovative Rice Farmer
(i)The Rice Data Bank:
The Rice Database
has been developed under the auspices of Bangladesh Rice Foundation. The
Rice Data Bank is a database composed of data collected from various agencies
combined with data in a public domain. The Bangladesh Rice Foundation started
this project with a vision to increase the effective use and access to integrated
information related to rice in Bangladesh. Rice related information at Global
and Bangladesh levels are available from this database. The Main menu contains
nine different buttons/ subject matters.
The objective of the Rice Data Bank is to provide updated data and information on rice and other agricultural issues relating on rice of Bangladesh and major rice producing countries outside Bangladesh. The main objective to develop this Rice Data Bank is to provide necessary information on rice to the organizations and the researchers who are engaged in field research, action research and policy research on rice and agricultural issues. The Rice Data Bank has two versions are available. One is CD-based software, which can be installed in most computes with Windows XP operating system. The other version is web-based. This Rice Databank can be accessed through the website of BRF at www.ricefoundation-bd.org.
(ii)Quarterly News Letter: RICE NEWS
First version of the (March 2007) of the Quarterly Newsletter of the Bangladesh Rice Foundation entitled "RICE NEWS" was published by the organization. This newsletter was released through the press conference. It has been distributed to the different organizations according to the mailing list decided in the 36th Program Committee (PC) meeting held on 22nd February 2007.
(iii)Innovative Rice Farmer Award - 2007
Innovative rice farmer, Abdul Basit (Salim) was awarded through press conference by certificate, medal and five thousand taka for his outstanding performance in aromatic rice production of 'Chinigura' and 'Kataribhog'. Mr. Salim born in Kadamtoli, Sadar thana of Sylhet district in 1964. During 1989, he collected seeds of 'Chinigura' and 'Kataribhog' from Dinajpur to cultivate it in his 4 bighas farm of Kadamtoli in Sylhet. He is now cultivating about more than 100 bighas of land and producing Chinigura/bigha 16.5 mon and Katarighog/bigha 12.5 mon. He has already exported 30 mon rice in 1999 and 40 mon in 2001 respectively from his farm through private initiative. His rice export initiative is already proliferating with the assistance of other farmers.
He is an affiliated farmer of BADC, for Rice Seed production. He was awarded a good performance certificate from BADC, BRF, Rice Research Institute, Agriculture Extension Department of People's Republic of Bangladesh. His success in rice production has been highlighted in different National Dailies. He has created great business opportunity of these two types of rice by marketing and exporting it to abroad.
Press Conference on a National Rice Policy:The final report entitled "A National Rice Policy for Bangladesh" was submitted to the Government of Bangladesh in February 2006. A press conference on "National Rice Policy" was organized on 11th March 2006 at the National Press Club, Dhaka, in which the Chairman of BRF introduced the background of this study and the policy recommendations. Many journalists from national dailies and scientists/experts from different GOs and NGOs were present at the press conference. The event was well covered by the national daily newspapers and also by some international media.
As per decision of the BOT in its meeting held on 29 July 2006, Dr. Z. Karim was requested to attend, on behalf of BRF, the 2nd International Rice Congress 2006 to be held on October 9-13, 2006 in New Delhi, India. BRF paid for his return air ticket and he arranged for local costs to be paid by IRRI. A paper entitled "Brief on the Bangladesh Rice Foundation" prepared by Dr. Z. Karim was presented in the Congress. He also carried with him important BRF publications and documents for display and distribution to some of the important participants. Returning from New Delhi, Dr. Karim submitted a report on his participation in the congress and there was discussion on it in the 24th BOT meeting held on 25 November 2006.
Asia Rice Foundation Newsletter Publication : A special issue on the Bangladesh Rice Foundation:
Asia Rice Foundation (ARF) requested BRF to submit a report on its programs and activities for publication in the October 2006 issue of its quarterly newsletter. BRF submitted an 8-page report along with color photos, which was published by ARF with the assistance of BRF in October 2006 as Vol. 2 No. 2, a special issue on the Bangladesh Rice Foundation. BRF has received printed copies of the newsletter from ARF on October 29, 2006 and distributed it to the all members and other concerned stakeholders.