RAJSHAHI: Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) is ensuring quality irrigation services to the grassroots farmers so that they can boost their farm production to meet the country's demand.
More than 5.25 lakh hectares of croplands have been under irrigation in the country's northwest region contributing a lot to ensuring food security through boosting the farming yields.
BMDA, the largest irrigation-providing state-run organisation in the region, has arranged the irrigation facilities yielding a significant success in crop production.
High officials of the public entity revealed this while addressing an institutional public hearing held at its headquarters conference hall here on Thursday.
BMDA Chairman Begum Akhter Jahan addressed the meeting as the chief guest with its Executive Director Engineer Abdur Rashid in the chair.
Additional Chief Engineers Shamsul Huda and Dr Abul Kashem, Superintending Engineers Iqbal Hossain, Nazirul Islam, Abdul Latif and Mahfuzur Rahman and Deputy Manager Rafiqul Islam also spoke.
Expressing his views Aminul Islam, a farmer of Bidirpur village under Godagari upazila, said they are cultivating three to four crops in a year after the best uses of BMDA's irrigation at present instead of only single crop around two decades back.
She added that the region scored significant progress in the crop production sector following the expansion of irrigation facilities along with supplying water from the re-excavated canals and ponds.
Engineer Abdur Rashid told the meeting that around 1,080 kilometres underground irrigation pipelines were constructed aimed at reducing the loss of irrigation water by around 40 percent in the Barind area.
"We've a plan of elevating the surface water-based irrigation to 30 percent from the existing 10 percent by 2030 in order to lessen the gradually mounting pressure on underground water," he said.