POST TIME: 19 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Stress on cultivation of crops requiring less irrigation
BSS, rajshahi

Stress on cultivation of crops requiring less irrigation

Emphasis should be given to the promotion of  less-irrigation consuming cereal crops instead of depending on only Irri-Borofarming in Barind area to lessen the gradually mounting pressure on underground water.

Large-scale promotion of less-water consuming crops could be the effective means of mitigating water-stress condition in the drought-prone Barind area. There are enormous scopes of increasing the acreage of various low-water consuming crops like wheat, mustard, lentil, maize and ‘mugdal’ in the high Barind tract.

The observation came at a daylong training styled “Quality Paddy and Wheat Seed Production and Less-water Consuming Crops Farming” held at conferencehall of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) in Rajshahi recently.

‘Quality Seed Production, Distribution and Farmers Training Project’ of BMDA organised the training where more than 60 BMDA sub assistant engineers and supervisors from Chapainawabganj, Naogaon and host Rajshahi attended.

BMDA Superintending Engineer Dr Abul Kashem and its Executive Engineer Abdul Latif addressed the meeting as chief and special guests respectively with Director of the project ATM Rafiqul Islam in the chair.

The meeting was told that wheat could be cultivated on seven to eight bighas of land with same amount of irrigation-water needed to irrigate one bigha of Boro rice through soil moisture utilisation and the best uses of the modern technologies.

 Wheat plays an important role in ensuring food security as its consumption is increasing day by day. But, Bangladesh produces hardly 10 lakh tonnes of wheat against the demand of around 40 lakh tonnes annually.   The researchers and scientists have urged the field level BMDA staffs to discharge their duties with utmost sincerity and honesty for boosting quality seed outputs of paddy and wheat to meet up its gradually increasing demand.

They termed the quality seed as the precondition to enhance agricultural yield and called upon the field staffs to accelerate its production through the best uses of high yielding varieties and modern technologies.