RAJSHAHI: Farmers and all other field level agricultural officials, scientists and researchers concerned have taken all sorts of need-based steps for making the current-season’s wheat farming a total success everywhere in the region, reports BSS.
Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has set a target of producing around 4.39 lakh metric tonnes of wheat from around 1.34 lakh hectares of land in all eight districts under Rajshahi division.“We have adequate preparations and all the field level officials and staff concerned are working relentlessly to attain the target,” said SM Mustafizur Rahman, additional director of DAE, while talking to BSS here Thursday afternoon.
He mentioned that the farmers were seen bringing more lands under wheat farming than that of target fixed by DAE for the last couple of years.
Meanwhile, farmers and others concerned are very much optimistic about the overall wheat production during the current season in the region particularly the vast Barind tract.
Golam Mostofa, 48, a farmer of Panchandar village under Tanore Upazila, is now happy over witnessing the wheat growing field. He attributed that timely sowing of seeds accompanied by the current cold spell, is being considered as a positive sign for attaining a bumper production of the cash crop.
Dr Ilias Hossain, principal scientific officer of Regional Wheat and Maize Research Center, said farmers of the Barind area were found more confident in wheat farming on more new lands, due to the water-stress condition, as wheat is a less-water consuming plant.
Wheat Research Center has so far released 24 wheat varieties and some other time-fitting technologies for commercial cultivation.The recently released six varieties including prodip, bijoy, shatabdi and BARIGAM-26 are more tolerant to leaf blight and leaf rush-disease with additional advantage of higher yield, Dr Ilias added.
Nurul Amin, retired additional director of DAE, said wide-range promotion of the newly innovated variety could help increase wheat yield.