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  22 Nov 2021, 14:43

Rangpur region to produce 5,091 tonnes of pulses

     RANGPUR, Nov 22, 2021 (BSS) - The Department of Agricultural Extension

(DAE) has fixed a target of producing 5,091 tonnes of six varieties of pulses
from 3,735 hectares of land in Rangpur agriculture region during the current
Rabi season.

     DAE officials said farmers produced a record 5,839 tonnes of these
pulses from 4,357 hectares of land against the fixed production target of
2,521 tonnes from 1,938 hectares exceeding the fixed farming target by 125
percent during the last Rabi season.

     The fixed target for the current season includes production of 2,191
tonnes of lentil from 1,631 hectares of land, 2,467 tonnes of 'Khesari' from
1,797 hectares, 88 tonnes of 'Arhar' from 70 hectares, 120 tonnes of gram
from 62 hectares, 195 tonnes mungbean from 155 hectares and 20 tonnes of
cowpea from 16 hectares of land.

     "Farmers have already brought 1,665 hectares of land under cultivation
of these six varieties of pulses by the last weekend as sowing of seeds
continues in the region," said Additional Director of the DAE's Rangpur
region Agriculturist Md. Tauhidul Ikbal.

     He said the DAE and other agriculture-related institutions and
organisations are providing training, quality seeds, latest technologies and
inputs to farmers to make the pulse farming programme a success in the
region.  

     In addition, the government through different commercial banks continues
disbursing easy-term agriculture loans to farmers to encourage them in
bringing more land under cultivation of pulses to enhance production this
season.

     "We are expecting that enthusiastic farmers would exceed the fixed
farming target of pulses and achieve a bumper production during the current
Rabi season across the region," Ikbal added.  

     Talking to BSS, Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS
Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid told BSS that there is a huge
potential to enhance pulse production in the northern region despite crop
diversification.

     "Special emphasis should be put on exploring the prevailing prospect to
increase pulse production through increasing its cultivation by adopting
latest agriculture technologies and using high yielding varieties of seeds,"
he said.  

     He put special emphasis on adoption of the mixed, relay and
intercropping crop cultivation methods to increase farming and production of
pulses on the main land and riverine char areas as well in all seasons to
make the nation self-reliant on pulses.  

    Talking to BSS, farmers Abdur Rahman, Mohsin Ali, Akhteruzzaman and
Badiul Islam of different villages in Rangpur said they are sowing seeds of
different varieties of pulses on their croplands after harvesting Aman rice.

     "After getting bumper production and lucrative prices, farmers are
showing keen interest in bringing more land under pulse cultivation during
the current season," farmer Ariful Haque Batul of village Najirdigar in the
outskirts of Rangpur city said.

 

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