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2 February, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 1 February, 2019 11:55:53 PM
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Farm mechanisation needed for Barind region

Farm mechanisation needed for Barind region

For increasing agricultural production in the country’s Barind region, it is necessary to pay heed to what experts say in the field. At a farmers’ field day entitled ‘Projection of Water-saving Laser Land Leveler Technology in Barind area’ at Godagari upazila in the district recently, agricultural scientists and researchers pointed out that large-scale adoption of farm mechanization can be greatly helpful in facing the challenges the region’s agricultural facing.

Barind lands are usually drought-prone. Added to this problem, Rajshahi region these days are facing many challenges including climate change, labour shortage, irrigation water scarcity and increase in cultivation cost of a crop. As a result, farmers of the region are lagging behind in producing farm outputs.

But by applying the technology of laser land levelling which is an advanced method of land leveling it is possible to accrue certain benefits. This laser land levelling improves the accuracy of land leveliing and this particularly important in improving irrigation efficiency and facilitating more uniform distribution of irrigation water.

According to the experts in the Godagari field day, cropping intensity can be increased to 250 percent even 400 percent from the existing 200 percent through reducing the existing time gap between the two crops after the best uses of the farm mechanization. But farmers of the district have to be made acquainted with this special technology and it is the government that has to take responsibility to make people aware of benefits of using the machine that is built on water-saving technology. The machine uses scarce groundwater optimally by ensuring even coverage.

Moreover, this technology is cost effective as it saves electricity about 755 kWh per hectare per year for rice-wheat systems. Since Bangladesh has limited land resources, more particularly agricultural land resources, it is necessary to make best use of the existing lands of the country. The vast tract of lands of the country’s Barind region can add to country’s overall crop production greatly, if these lands are utilized scientifically.

For mitigating the shortage of irrigating water, the government can positively create artificial waters reservoirs, besides protecting wet lands of the areas including beels. However, the government can make the price of laser land leveling machine cheaper for the large-scale use of it in the region.      

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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