17 Oct 2021, 12:37
Update : 17 Oct 2021, 18:37

Crop farming begins on char lands in Rangpur region

  RANGPUR, Oct 17, 2021 (BSS) - Hundreds of char people have started farming

various crops, mostly adopting intercropping methods, on char lands and
dried-up riverbeds in riverine areas of Rangpur agriculture region.

  Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said char
people started sowing seeds of Rabi crops on char lands following the
appearance of shoals with massive deposition of alluvial soils during recent

  Additional Director of the DAE for Rangpur region Agriculturist Bidhu
Bhusan Ray said char people cultivated various crops on over 90,000 hectares
of land in all five districts in the region during the last Rabi season.

  "Crop farming continues and tender plants of some crops are growing
superbly on char lands, shoals and silted-up beds of the Brahmaputra, Teesta,
Dharla, Ghaghot, Jamuna, Kartoa and other rivers in the region," he said.

  The landless and poor people and marginal farmers mostly cultivate potato,
pumpkin, brinjal, green chili, onion, garlic and maize, wheat, Boro rice,
groundnut, 'kawn', 'till', tobacco, banana, pulses and watermelon and many
other crops on char lands.

  "They will begin harvesting the cultivated crops from January next to end
before the commencement of the rainy season," Ray said, adding that the
flood-affected people of char areas are also cultivating crops on their
flood-hit char lands," he said.

  Talking to BSS, Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS
Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid said crop cultivation on char lands
is expanding every year in Rangpur region benefiting thousands of char and
riverside people.

  Many people living in char villages of Gannarpar, Buridangi, Singhimari,
Miazipara, Motukpur, Kolkond, Bagdohra, Nohali, Chhalapak and other char
areas in Gangachara upazila of Rangpur are busy now in cultivating various
crops on char lands.

  They are mostly cultivating potato, sweet pumpkin, onion, garlic, green
chili, mustard, pulses and many varieties of vegetables on sandy char lands
and dried-up beds of the Teesta in these char villages.

  Some 25,000 char households, who are beneficiaries of different NGOs and
government organisations, are cultivating pumpkin, other vegetables and crops
in over 250 char villages of all five districts in Rangpur agriculture region
this season.

   "More than 21,000 char families have already achieved self-reliance
through farming various crops on char lands with GO-NGO assistance changing
their living standard and livelihoods in the last 12 years," Rashid added.

  Riverside and char people Mahtab Hossain, Lokman Hossain and Kobiza Khatun
of Char Mohipur in Gangachara upazila of Rangpur said 120 families are
cultivating various crops on char lands and dried-up riverbeds of the Teesta

  "A farmer generally spends Taka 20,000 for cultivating pumpkin on 200
raised sandbars to sell the produce at around Taka 50,000 and earn a profit
of Taka 30,000 after completing harvest by March and April every year," said
Anwarul of the village.

  Farmers Bablu Mina, Rafikul Islam and Afzal Hossain of Char Gannarpar
village in the same upazila said they are cultivating pumpkin, onion, potato,
garlic and maize on the char lands and dried up beds of the Teesta.


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