RANGPUR: The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) has fixed a target for farmers to produce 4.12-lakh tonnes of wheat from 1.25-lakh hectares in Rangpur division during this Rabi season, reports BSS.
The DAE officials said 78,478 tonnes of wheat will be produced from 23,760 hectares in five districts of Rangpur agriculture region and 3.34-lakh tonnes of wheat from 1.01-lakh hectares of land in three districts of Dinajpur agriculture region.Meanwhile, the farmers of all eight districts in the division have started preparing crop lands for sowing wheat seed after harvesting early varieties of Transplanted Aman (T-Aman) rice varieties.
The government is distributing 670 tonnes of wheat seed, 670 tonnes of Di-ammonium Phosphate (DAP) and 335 tonnes of Muriate of Potash (MoP) fertilisers among 33,500 farmers under agriculture incentives programme to promote wheat farming in the region.
“Under the programme, each of the beneficiary farmers is getting 20-kg wheat seed, 20-kg DAP and 10-kg MoP fertilisers free of costs for cultivating wheat on one bigha of land,” said horticulture specialist of DAE Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam.
The farmers are showing more interest in cultivating wheat in both of the two agriculture regions of Rangpur division this year after getting repeated bumper productions with lucrative market price of the cereal crop in recent years.
“The farmers have just started sowing wheat seed as the process will get momentum with further progress in harvesting T-Aman rice crop allover Rangpur division from this month-end,” Islam said.