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Rubber dam to help boost agri production

Rubber dam to help boost agri production

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RAJSHAHI: The under-construction rubber dam in the Mahananda river has been showing immense prospects of boosting production of agriculture and fisheries in Chapainawabganj district.

The ever largest rubber dam scheme in the country is being constructed in order to bring back navigability of the river and more than 7,500 hectares of farming fields under irrigation, reports BSS.

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has been implementing the scheme with an estimated cost of around Taka 187.32 crore. There will be a revolutionary change in the region’s agriculture sector on successful implementation of the project.

Dockyard and Engineering Works Limited, a commercial entity being operated by Bangladesh Navy, is constructing the dam 500 yards downstream of Birshrestha Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir Bridge at Chapainawabganj town. 

According to the sources concerned, the vast Barind tract is being turned into a waterless condition due to various natural and manmade catastrophes like constructing barrage, reduction of annual rainfall and climate change.

As a result, crop reduction is gradually being surfaced. In the adverse situation, demand for rubber dam construction has been mounted for the best uses of river water for irrigation purposes.

At a huge public meeting in Chapainawabganj on April 23, 2011, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had given an assurance of rubber dam construction on Mohananda River responding to the local demands.

Later on, BWDB adopted a project titled “Rubber Dam Construction and River Dredging in Mohananda” for implementation of the Prime Minister’s announcement.

BWDB Sub-divisional Engineer Moyez Uddin here told BSS that the ever largest rubber dam scheme is being implemented in Mahananda River. 36 kilometer areas, 10 kilometers upstream and 26 kilometers downstream of the 353-kilometer proposed dam are being brought under dredging.

Upon successful implementation of the scheme, more than 7,500 hectares of land will be brought under irrigation in surrounding areas.

In this connection, he said, the retained water could easily be used for supplementary irrigation of Aman, wheat, pulse, oil seeds and vegetables cultivation along with pisciculture and duck farming.

It will also create employment opportunities for the day labourers and marginal farmers and living and livelihood conditions of the farmers’ is likely to improve through crop production.

As a whole, the scheme will facilitate boosting round the year surface water uses for irrigation purposes. Engineer Moyez said, adding it would also help to improve the environment there, a common concern of the area.