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24 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 September, 2018 08:19:56 PM
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Floating seedbeds boon for Feni farmers

Our correspondent, Noakhali
Floating seedbeds boon for Feni farmers
A grower nurses his floating seedbeds in Dagonbhuiyan upazila of Feni district recently. INDEPENDENT PHOTO

Farmers are using floating seedbeds for growing Aman seedlings in three flood-prone Feni upazilas.  Local farmers say the method is low-cost and offers a host of benefits.

Sources in the Department of Agricultural Extension (DEA) told The Independent that the three upazilas of Fulgazi, Pashuram and Sonagzi were using the floating seedbeds.

Farmers in different parts of these upazilas appear to be happy with the seedlings.

DAE sources told The Independent that the seedbeds were being prepared in a way to adapt to various problems caused by climate change. DAE-backed 120 seedbeds have been set up in  Dagonbhiyan, Fulgazi, Sonagzai and Pashuram.

The seeds sprout in 20 to 30 days and are suitable for planting. A 12- to 13-feet-long and three-feet wide seedbed can be made by spending Tk. 1,200–1,250.

Seedlings produced in one such bed are adequate for cultivating one bigha of land, said Rafiul Islam, Daonbhiyan upazila agricultural officer.

On the other hand, Tk. 3,000–3,500 is needed to cultivate one bigha of land, with seedlings being produced on regular seedbeds of the same size.

The floating seedbeds can be placed on land and used after the water dries up. Not only paddy but also other seedlings, including those of vegetables, can be grown in these beds.

Naser Uddin, a resident of Jagotpur area, told The Independent water remained in seedbeds most of the year in this flood-prone district. “As we cannot cultivate crops on time, we cannot grow seedlings for lack of dry land during the Aman season. But now, the floating seedbeds have ushered in a new era,” he said.

 

 

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