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18 September, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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ALTERNATE DRYING AND WETTING

Call to popularise new tech to save water in irrigation

BSS, Rangpur
Call to popularise new tech to save water in irrigation

Agriculturists at a workshop have stressed popularising Alternate Drying and Wetting (AWD) irrigation technology in Boro rice cultivation to save 30 percent water and increase 15 percent rice output.

They came up with the importance at the “Annual Review and Planning Workshop” arranged under the Participatory AWD Technology Dissemination programme of Northwest Focal Area Network at RDRS Training Centre here yesterday, a press release said today.

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and RDRS Bangladesh, an NGO, with financial assistance of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) organised the workshop.

Forty participants, including Deputy Directors of the DAE, academics, researchers, NGO executives, irrigation pump owners and beneficiary farmers of Rangpur, Nilphamari, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts and journalists attended the event.

Additional Director of Rangpur DAE Agriculturist Muhammad Ali attended the workshop as the chief guest with its Deputy Director Agriculturist Dr. Md.  Sarwarul Haque in the chair.

Consultants of IRRI at Dhaka office Agriculturist Dr. Ahmad Salahuddin and Noel Megor, its Principal Scientific Officer at Rangpur regional station Agriculturist Dr. Md. Adil Badshah, Executive Engineer (Irrigation) of BADC AHM Mizanul Islam addressed as special guests.

Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) of RDRS Bangladesh Agriculturist Mamunur Rashid narrated annual progress and next planning for dissemination of AWD irrigation technology.

RDRS Bangladesh with government and non-government organisations, research institutes, universities and farmers’ organisations has been expanding AWD irrigation technology since 2016-2017 seasons in six northern districts, he said.

“Under the program, 882 farmers had cultivated Boro rice adopting AWD technology with RDRS Bangladesh assistance using 50 shallow tube wells in 11 upazilas of these districts during last Rabi season,” he added.

In his keynote presentation, Chairman of Northbengal Institute of Development Studies Agriculturist Dr. Syed Samsuzzaman said adoption of AWD technology in farming Boro rice saves 20 to 30 percent irrigation water and increases 10 to 15 percent crop yield.

“As a result of alternate wetting and drying of soil, the tender Boro rice plants can easily take micronutrients available in soil for healthier growth to increase number of plant sticks yielding additional rice,” Dr. Samsuzzaman added.

The chief guest called for popularising climate resilient AWD technology among farmers to produce additional Boro rice at lower costs saving huge underground water and improving ecosystems.

 

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