POST TIME: 17 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
BMDA constructs 1080-km irrigation pipelines in Barind
BSS, Rajshahi

BMDA constructs 1080-km irrigation pipelines in Barind

Around 1,080 kilometres underground irrigation pipelines were constructed aims at reducing the loss of irrigation water by around 40 per cent in Barind area.

Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) under its ‘Enhancement of Irrigation Efficiency through Construction of Sub-surface Irrigation Channel’ project constructed the pipelines.

The Tk 136.16-crore project was implemented in 25 upazilas of Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts till June last.

“We have installed 1,080 kilometres upvc pipelines and 216 kilometres flexible pipes through saving agricultural lands under the four-year project,” said Engineer Shahidur Rahman, Director of the project, while talking to the news agency.

More than 3,000 farmers were impar ed training on proper handling and maintenance of the constructed infrastructures so that they can derive total benefits of the project.

Engineer Rahman said the installed pipelines have expanded irrigation area to around 32,400 hectares of land contributing a lot towards cropping yield around 1.62 lakh tonnes on an average per year. The system has also contribution of diversification process in the project covering areas.

Highlighting the salient feature of the project BMDA Chairman Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury said efficiency in irrigation has become a necessity for reducing the misuse of water alongside decreasing agriculture production cost.

He opined that the conventional irrigation method has the problem of misusing water triggering pressure on both ground and surface water posing a threat to ecology.

So, some major parameters like water distribution system, irrigation scheme management system, water marketing system, sources of water, source of energy, Alternate Wetting Drying (AWD) and types of pumps should be brought under consideration.

Akram Chowdhury mentioned that the agriculture sector has started facing the problem of irrigation water scarcity which is being adjudged as an obstacle to crop production.

The sector has also to face huge production cost due to various reasons pushing farmers into a difficult situation. So, time has come to more promotion of underground canal for improving irrigation efficiency, he added.