Scientific progress and technical advancement have revolutionised agricultural production in many countries, improving food security and boosting exports. Bangladesh's agriculture, however, has not seen such spectacular success and continues to limp with conventional cultivation methods. But burdened with an outrageously large population that is quickly gobbling up cultivable land, Bangladesh needs to exploit the benefit of science more than anything. Through years of research, modern lab facilities and a devoted bunch of talented scientists Bangladesh Rural Agricultural Committee (Brac) has developed high yielding seedlings of rice, vegetables, maize, fish fries and tissue culture of fruits and flowers. The artificially bred seedlings developed by Brac yield several times more production than the natural seeds our farmers have been dependent on for years. If these successful discoveries can be fully exploited, Bangladesh's fortune may change forever. For the better, of course.
(R) thedailystar.net 2006