POST TIME: 10 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Char people expecting bumper yield on char lands

Char people expecting bumper yield on char lands

RANGPUR: Thousands of people living in the riverine areas are expecting bumper output of various crops cultivated on the dried-up riverbeds, shoals and char lands in Rangpur agriculture region this season, reports BSS. Officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and different NGOs said the crops cultivated by char dwellers and riverside people on about 86,000 hectares of char lands and silted up riverbeds are growing superbly this season.

Horticulture Specialist of DAE at its regional office Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam said cultivation of crops on these lands is taking place due to lowering of the underground water level, deposition of alluvial soil and other reasons. Crops like Boro rice, onion, garlic, maize, wheat, vegetables, gourd, groundnut, kawn, pulses, gunji till, tobacco, pumpkin, pulses, oil seed and watermelon are mostly being cultivated on these lands every year during the past two decades. “Harvesting of mustard is nearing completion now though harvest of the other crops on dried-up riverbeds and char lands would begin later this month to complete before commencement of the next rainy season,” Islam added.

Agriculture and Environment Coordinator of RDRS Bangladesh Mamunur Rashid said crop cultivation on char lands and silted-up riverbeds is increasing in Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari districts in the region in recent times.