Wheat cultivation exceeds target in Rajshahi division

26 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: Farmers have produced around 4.78 lakh tonnes of wheat during the recent harvesting season of the cereal crop in all eight districts under Rajshahi division, reports BSS.

Quoting the field level reports Dev Dulal Dhali, Additional Director of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), said most of the farmers have become satisfied with this season’s wheat yield as they cultivated high yielding varieties developed by Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI).

He said the developed varieties particularly the BARI GOM 28, 30, 32 and 33 are not only resistant to many threats and menaces like drought, blast like disease and weed but also high yielding. So, the varieties have become popular among the farmers.

After taking advantages and opportunities given by the DAE and BARI the farmers are seen increasing the acreage of wheat farming as its demand is gradually mounting with rising of population.

Agriculturist Dhali says DAE had set a target of producing 4.39 lakh metric tons of wheat from 1.33 lakh hectares of land. But, amazingly the farmers brought more than 1.37 lakh hectares of land under the cereal crop farming that yielded 4.78 lakh metric tonnes of wheat, which is 38,299 metric tonnes higher than the production target.

Arshad Ali, 52, a farmer of Baduria village under Charghat upazila, has brought 10 bigha of land under wheat farming this year. He got 18 mounds yield per bigha on an average.