Bangladeshi scientists ready for trial of world’s first ‘Golden Rice’

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Reaz Ahmad
Oct. 8, 2015

Bangladeshi rice scientists are all set to conduct field tests of the world’s first vitamin A-enriched rice, popularly known as Golden Rice, before taking the variety to production phase.

The success in vitamin A-rich rice comes in quick succession of the world’s first three zinc-rich rice varieties that Bangladesh released over the last couple of years.

Upon completing a successful trial of the genetically engineered Golden Rice in its transgenic screen house, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) is now taking the variety — GR-2 E BRRI dhan29 — to confined field trials in the coming Boro season this November.

BRRI officials told The Daily Star that open-field and multi-location trials will be conducted afterwards, setting into motion the last stage for its release to the farmers.

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury told The Daily Star that BRRI scientists will go for confined field trials of Golden Rice soon. She said the National Technical Committee on Crop Biotechnology, upon a request from BRRI, gave consent to the field trials in its September 20 meeting.

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