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23 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Helping farmers with farm inputs

It is a good initiative that more than 1.5 lakh marginal and small farmers in Rajshahi division will receive fertilisers and seeds amounting to about Taka 17.06 crore free of cost during the current Rabi season. Under government agriculture incentive programme in the division, government’s Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) is distributing the inputs to farmers.

There is no end to farmers’ problems in Bangladesh. Here farmers face a lot of problems from inclement weather conditions to low price of their produces. Poor and marginal farmers often cannot buy necessary farm inputs including seeds and fertiliser in time because of high cost. Then there is also the problem in the end of farmers about their ignorance of scientific knowledge about farming.

The government of Bangladesh is helping the farmers in overcoming their problems and as a result agriculture remains still as the main driving force of not just the rural economy but the whole economy of the country for that matter. Negligence to agriculture can spell disaster for Bangladesh. That is why, to extend all necessary help to the farmers, the government must remain always ready.

The recent Tk 17.06 crore worth farm inputs would be distributed among famers of all upazilas of eight districts in Rajshahi division. Since the targeted farmers are poor and marginal ones, it is expected that due to political connection, the inputs would not go to the rather richer farmers. It is also necessary to ensure that the aid does not reach the deserving farmers because of corruption.

The agro inputs will be given for cultivating crops like wheat, maize, mustard seed, onions and winter mug-bean on one bigha of land. In the division, a total of 17,000 farmers will get incentives for wheat farming, 42,500 for maize, 65,500 for mustard, 2,500 for onion, 8,800 for winter mug-bean, 6,000 for summer mug-bean, 7,200 summer sesame and 1,400 for groundnut.

But there are needy farmers all over the country and it is the duty of the DAE to find out these farmers and help them with the inputs. This kind of aid would not only help the poor farmers to survive and prosper, it would also increase agricultural production of the country strengthening the economy.   

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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