Adoption of strip-till increases wheat production: Experts

10th December, 2018 10:24:56 printer

RANGPUR: Agriculturists at a farmers’ field day programme have said adoption of the strip tillage method in sowing wheat seed using Power Tiller Operated Seeder (PTOS) Machine increases wheat production at reduced costs, reports BSS.

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) organised the event on Sunday afternoon under the ‘Enhancement of Crop Production through Farm Mechanisation-2nd Phase’ project at Chondipur village in Kaharol upazila of Dinajpur district.

A large number of local farmers participated in the programme arranged for practically exhibiting sowing of wheat seed adopting the strip tillage method using PTOS machine.

Kaharol Upazila Agriculture Officer Agriculturist Abu Jafar Mohammad Sadek attended the event as the chief guest with farmer Noor Islam in the chair.

Sub-assistant Agriculture Officers Arun Kumar Roy and Zakirul Islam, farmers Hossain Ali and Jamil Uddin also addressed the event narrating their experiences of sowing wheat seed adopting trip tillage method.

Arun Kumar Roy discussed the strip tillage method in sowing wheat seed and his field level experiences of wheat cultivation adopting the method that increases wheat yield at reduced costs making farm activities more profitable.

“Strip tillage method allows sowing wheat seed in six lines at a time with narrow ploughing in fields without disturbing most parts of land keeping soil moisture intact for using by crop plants to become healthy and vigorous,” Roy said.

Zakirul Islam said the strip tillage method reduces soil erosion, water requirement for irrigation compared to the full tillage wheat plots with 2-3 times of ploughing along with saving time, fuel, money, energy and labour costs and 50 kg wheat seed per hectare.

Agriculturist Abu Jafar Mohammad Sadek laid importance on popularisation of the strip tillage method among the farmers and purchasing the PTOS machine in group approaches availing 30 percent government subsidy.

“The DAE and other agricultural technology dissemination organisations are working for large-scale adoption of the strip tillage method in wheat cultivation to reduce production cost, get more yield and earn more profits by the farmers,” Sadek said.