Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) established in October, 1970 in Joydebpur, Gazipur, has an outstanding contribution to the food security of Bangladesh.
So far it has developed 67 high yielding rice varieties including four hybrid ones. These varieties are cultivated in about 80 percent of the total rice areas and contribute almost 91 percent of total rice production of the country.
BRRI is a major component of the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) of Bangladesh, dealing with research and development in relation to rice production.
BRRI’s mission is improvement of rice and development of rice production technologies for sustainable food security and its vision is to: “Develop high yielding and quality rice at lower cost through genetic improvement; Develop biotic and abiotic stress tolerant variety for stress prone areas of Bangladesh.
Also to, “Conserve biodiversity through managing disease, insects, fertilizer, water and land for the current and future generations; Improve institutional capacity and linkage for advanced research; and Develop technologies for the reduction of poverty and hunger in the country.
The institute has the mandate to: Conduct research on all aspects of rice improvement and production; Establish research centers and regional stations in different regions of Bangladesh for conducting research on different aspects of rice; Establish project areas for demonstration of new rice varieties developed by the institute and organize framers’ training for the cultivation of these varieties.
Others are, “Train agricultural extension personnel and progressive farmers on modern rice production techniques;
Publish annual reports, monographs, bulletins, scientific papers and such other documents relating to research activities of the institute; and Advise the government on rice related policy issues.
BRRI has 19 research divisions and nine regional stations, three support service divisions and eight sections with administrative and technical service.
Research Divisions include: Plant Breeding, Biotechnology, Genetic Resources and Seed, Grain Quality and Nutrition, Hybrid Rice, Agronomy, Soil Science, Irrigation and Water Management, Plant Physiology, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Rice Farming Systems, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Statistics, Farm Management, Farm Machinery and Postharvest Technology, Workshop Machinery and Maintenance, and Adaptive Research Training.