PANCHAGARH: Experts at a training workshop on Tuesday stressed on proper agronomic management adopting scientific methods to enhance production of quality tea leaves and earn more profits.
Bangladesh Tea Research Institute of Bangladesh Tea Board (BTB) organised the event on ‘Selection of leaves, fertilisation and pest management in tea plantation’ for 65 tea growers at Atwari upazila in Panchagarh on Tuesday, a press release said on Wednesday.The workshop was arranged under the ‘Expansion of Small Holding Tea Cultivation in Northern Bangladesh Project’ of BTB following the ‘Camellia Open Sky School Model’ to reach the latest scientific methods, technologies and tea related services to farmers.
Development Officer at BTB’s Panchagarh Regional Office Agriculturist Md Amir Hossain and its Assistant Farm Superintendent Agriculturist Mohammad Sayedul Haque conducted different sessions in the workshop as resource persons.
Agriculturist Hossain discussed scientific methods of plantation, selection and plucking of tea leaves, fertilisation, integrated and organic pests’ management, pruning and tipping and other important issues in tea farming on plain lands.
He said plain lands of the five districts of Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat in the sub-Himalayan northern region are highly fertile and favourable for tea cultivation.
“Expanded tea cultivation on the small-scale basis on these plain lands has already unveiled a new horizon of economic prospect for farmers and common people speeding up their economic development in the northern region,” he said.
Agriculturist Haque called upon farmers for expanding tea cultivation adopting scientific and organic methods on plain lands in these five northern districts to earn higher profits than many other crops and bolster economic development of the region.