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26 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 26 April, 2019 06:00:03 PM
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New irrigation technology

New irrigation technology

Agriculturists at a regional ‘Result Sharing Workshop’ arranged under Northwest Focal Area Network Participatory AWD Technology Dissemination programme in Rangpur recently said use of Alternate Drying and Wetting (AWD) irrigation technology in Boro rice cultivation saves up to 30 per cent water and increases 15 per cent rice output. Adoption of AWD method reduces at least five times of irrigation saving 30 per cent underground water, 30 litres diesel and huge electricity for irrigation in addition to producing 500 kilogram more Boro rice per hectare of land.

It is heartening to note that government and NGOs, research institutes, universities and farmers’ organisations are expanding AWD irrigation technology since 2016-2017 seasons in six northern districts. What is now needed is popularising the climate resilient AWD irrigation technology among farmers in farming Boro rice to boost up rice production saving huge water.

Adaptation to global climate change and its adverse impacts on the agriculture sector is the prime need of the hour. It is encouraging to note that food production has increased remarkably in the country over the past few years. Farmers and others concerned and the modern method of food cultivation have contributed to this success. But there is no room for expressing complacency. Food production should be increased further for meeting the requirements.   

Lifting of underground water must be reduced to the minimum as future of agriculture depends on availability of water amid a formidable threat of climate change when there is alternative to keeping food production rate increasing. There should be nature-based solutions for water challenges in the country. Emphasis should be laid on the need of integrated solution in water development plan considering political, social and local realities.

It is the responsibility of agriculturists to reach the new agriculture technologies and crop varieties evolved by different agricultural research institutions and organisations to the farmers for increasing food output. They can organize discussion meetings and field day for farmers from time to time to make them aware of the recent developments in the agriculture sector. The field level agriculture officials can help resolving the problems, issues and challenges being faced by farmers. Apart from government initiatives, all stakeholders, including environmentalists, conscious people and NGOs should put in their utmost efforts in this regard.

 

 

 

 

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