Steps taken to modernise agri-sector in Rajshahi

86,430 farmers to be trained on agriculture technology

20 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

RAJSHAHI: A number of 86,430 farmers and 7350 others will be imparted agriculture technology training aimed at successful expansion of modern tech in the agriculture sector in the division.

In this regard, a total of 93,780 people, including 86,430 farmers will be brought under a two-day need-based training course in different batches as 25,820 demonstrations of new technologies and crop varieties and plants will be made, reports BSS.

The promotional activities already started in the division under a project titled “Agriculture Development Project of Rajshahi Division through Extension of Modern Technology” being implemented for extensive agricultural production.

“We will arrange 2,582 field days in each of the project covering areas for reaching the modern farming technologies to the grassroots farmers so that they can derive total benefits of the project,” Dr SM Hasanuzzaman, Director of the project, said.

He said the five-year project is being implemented in 67 Upazilas of all eight districts in the division at a cost of around Taka 147.03 crore since January, 2020.

On behalf of the project, 201 farm machineries will be distributed among farmers’ organisations at 70 percent subsidy in order to reduce the farmers-level production cost through farm mechanisation.

Dr Hasanuzzaman said Rajshahi division has been contributing a lot towards meeting the country’s overall food demands as it has vast plains, vast barind tract, scores of beels and char areas of Padma and Jamuna and many small and big rivers.

It is also famous for production of all kinds of food grains, pulses, oils, vegetables, fruits and spices.

After meeting local demands, the region has been supplying food grains, fruits and vegetables to different parts of the country including the capital Dhaka regularly.

Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj and Naogaon districts are famous for mango production, while Natore and Pabna for litchi and Pabna, Bogura, Rajshahi, Natore and Joypurhat for vegetable production.

The Ministry of Agriculture has adopted the project to increase the overall development and production of agriculture in the division through converting the vast land into bi-crop and tri-crop.

Upon successful implementation by December, 2024, the project will help increase cropping intensity to 242 percent from 237 percent through expansion of modern agriculture technologies.

Besides, the project is intended to enhancing production of paddy, pulse and oilseed to 12 percent each, wheat and maize to 10 percent each, spice to 13 percent, vegetables to 15 percent and fruits to 14 percent.