Invented BARI Jira-1 yields 600 kg per hectare...

Invented BARI Jira-1 yields 600 kg per hectare

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 07:16 PM, 13 May 2022   Updated: 07:18 PM, 13 May 2022



The country has to import thousands of tonnes of cumin every year. The amount of foreign currency is several thousand crores takas. Although various types of spices have been planted in the development of agriculture in Bangladesh, cumin cultivation has been elusive for so long. However, that dream is now beginning to take shape. A new variety called BARI Jira-1 has been invented in the country.

It is learned that the National Seed Board registered BARI Jira-1 as an “uncontrolled variety” on February 20 this year. It is said in the registration that this variety is “inbreed” from the Indian cumin variety. The best time for seed sowing is from the 1st-3rd week of November. The life span of this variety of cumin is about 100-110 days. Yield up to 550-600 kg per hectare. The recommended area for cultivation is entire Bangladesh.

It is known that researchers Dr. Shyamal Kumar and Md. Mahmudul Hasan has invented this variety after long research led by Md. Abdul Wadud, scientific officer of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI). 

Cumin inventor scientist Md. Abdul Wadud said research on cumin started in 2008 at the Spice Research Center in Bogura. Cumin production was never possible till 2015. By sowing one kg of cumin, 100-150 grams of cumin could be obtained. Again some years the fruit could not be found. The pain of not being able to do anything motivates me to do research on cumin.

Especially in the greater Barind region (Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Natore and Naogaon), in various char areas and in the north, BARI Jira-1 is very suitable for cultivation, he added.