RAJSHAHI: More than 5.26 lakh tonnes of wheat are expected to be produced from around 1.44 lakh hectares of land during the current season in all eight districts under Rajshahi division, reports BSS.
Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has set the target of producing 3.76 lakh tonnes of wheat from 1.03 lakh hectares of land in four districts of Rajshahi Agricultural Zone while 1.50 lakh tonnes from 41,065 hectares in four districts of Bogura Agricultural Zone.The DAE has been disbursing seeds and fertilizers free of cost among 36,500 flood-affected farmers for wheat farming under the government’s agricultural incentive programme so that they can recoup their losses caused by the flood in the division, said Sirajul Islam, Additional Director of DAE.
Besides, the department has been disbursing seeds and fertilizers free of cost among 23,000 other poor and marginal farmers for wheat farming under the government’s agricultural incentive programme in the division.
Various other government and non-government entities have adopted diversified steps to make farming a total success in the region as it’s suitable for the crop for its water-saving and drought tolerant features.
Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), an ever-largest irrigation providing state-run organization in the country’s northwest region, has full preparation to promote the water-saving crop in the region to mitigate its water-stressed condition.
BMDA under its ‘Quality Seed Production, Distribution & Farmers’ Training Project for crop production Project’ has, so far, supplied 95 tonnes of foundation wheat seeds among the farmers, said ATM Rafiqul Islam, director of the project.
More than 12.58 lakh community people of 2.66 lakh households are being motivated and encouraged towards promoting wheat like water-saving crops with intervention of the ‘Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)’ project.The project is being implemented by DASCOH Foundation in around 1,280 drought-hit villages under 39 Union Parishads and three municipalities of eight upazilas in Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts since 2014, said Akramul Haque, chief executive officer of DASCOH Foundation.