24 Nov 2021, 10:17

4.03 lakh tonnes wheat yield expected in Rajshahi division

  RAJSHAHI, Nov 24, 2021 (BSS) - More than 4.03 lakh tonnes of wheat are
expected to be produced from around 1.33 lakh hectares of land during the
current season in all eight districts of the division.

  Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has set the target of producing
3.56 lakh tonnes of wheat from 95,210 hectares of land in four districts of
Rajshahi Agricultural Zone, while 47,735 tonnes from 37,570 hectares in four
districts of Bogura Agricultural Zone.

  The DAE has been disbursing seeds and fertilizers free of cost among 67,000
small and marginal farmers for wheat farming under the government's
agricultural incentive programme in the division so that they can boost wheat

  Rafiqul Islam, a marginalized farmer of Fulbari village under Godagari
Upazila, said he is very happy after getting the incentives in proper time.

  "I have sown wheat seed on one bigha of land timely after getting the seed
and fertilizer incentives," Islam said, adding that the time prior to 5th
December is considered as appropriate period for sowing wheat seed.

  Various other government and non-government entities have adopted
diversified steps to make farming a total success in the region as it's
suitable for the crop for its water-saving and drought tolerant features.

  Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), an ever-largest
irrigation providing state-run organization in the country's northwest
region, has full preparation to promote the water-saving crop in the region
to mitigate its water-stressed condition.

  BMDA under its 'Quality Seed Production, Distribution & Farmers' Training
Project for crop production Project' has, so far, supplied 44 tonnes of wheat
seeds among the farmers, said ATM Rafiqul Islam, director of the project.

  More than 12.58 lakh people of 2.66 lakh households are being motivated and
encouraged towards promoting water-saving crops like wheat with intervention
of the 'Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)' project.

  DASCOH Foundation has been implementing the project in around 1,280
drought-hit villages under 39 Union Parishads and three municipalities of
eight upazilas in Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts since 2014,
said Jahangir Alam Khan, Coordinator of IWRM project.

  He, however, said successful promotion of less-water consuming crops in the
Barind area would play a vital role in lessening the gradually mounting
pressure on its underground water.

  Rajshahi Regional Office of Bangladesh Wheat and Maize Research Institute
(BWMRI) will develop 455 demonstration plots on farmers' fields.

   Prior to this, 455 farmers will be given 4.5 tonnes of breeder seeds of
some high yielding, heat and drought tolerant and blast disease resistant
varieties like Barigom 28, 29, 30 and 33 along with recommended fertilizers
for the projection plots free of cost.

  The farmers including 100 field-level DAE officials will be imparted
training on how to produce wheat properly using the modern seeds and

   Dr Ilias Hossain, Principal Scientific Officer of BWMRI, told BSS that the
Barigom 33 is the latest variety which is blast disease resistant, zinc-
enriched, large grain size and high yielding.

  He said many of the farmers have already completed their seed-sowing
activities as the period from November 15 to December 5 is the optimum for
seed sowing.

  Dr Hossain, however, said the farmers who will sow wheat seed after
harvesting the late varieties of transplanted aman paddy can avail the scopes
of sowing some late varieties of wheat like Barigom 28, 30 and 32 until
December 10 for comparatively better yield.

  Like the previous couple of years, wheat farming will exceed the target set
by the DAE in the region, he expected.

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