Sunday 25 September 2022 ,
Sunday 25 September 2022 ,
Latest News
29 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM
Print

Tea cultivation increases in Thakurgaon, Panchagarh

Our Correspondent, Thakurgaon
Tea cultivation increases in Thakurgaon, Panchagarh
This recent photo shows a grower busy irrigating tea plants at Ronbagh village in Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon. Independent photo

With increased cultivation of tea in Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts, the production will help meet the local demand, planters hope. In 2007, Kaniz Fatema, daughter-in-law of former president, the late Dr Iajuddin Ahmed, started tea cultivation on 25 acres on the bank of the bordering Nagor River at Nitoldoba village under Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon district, 40 km west of the district headquarters.

Later, she sold the tea garden to the Greenfield Tea Estate Company. The Greenfield then expanded the garden up to 45 acres. Marginal farmers of Nitoldoba village also started cultivation on a small scale on 40 acres. Later, Alhajj Dabirul Islam, MP, started two tea gardens—under Ronbag Tea Estate Ltd—15 km from the Baliadangi upazila headquarters at Ronbag village in the Paria area and Panchurhat village in the Lahiri area on the bank the Nagor.

Alhajj Dabirul Islam said he had set up two gardens two years ago—one at Ronbag village where he had planted tea saplings on 270 bighas and the other at Panchurhat village on 450 bighas. He said he started selling tea leaves worth Tk 4 lakh to the Korotoa Tea Factory in Panchagarh district at the rate of Tk 20 to Tk 30 per kg after one year. He hoped to sell tea leaves worth Tk 20 lakh from both the gardens this year.

He has said that growers incurred losses if tea leaves were sold at Tk 20 per kg. They could make profits, if they sold at Tk 30 or above. He also said tea production would get a boost if the government provided loans at a low interest rate and extended other facilities.

He said that, when he was a member of a parliamentary standing committee, he had proposed the starting of tea cultivation in the northern parts of Bangladesh. The Tea Board then sent an expert team in 1999 to Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and other frontier districts to assess the possibility of tea cultivation.

The team had examined the soil, climate, temperature, rainfall and other factors of the region and submitted a report to the Tea Board.

The report said that the border belt of Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat districts were suitable for tea cultivation as the soil of the area was loamy and rain water easily drained out.

The report further said that the tea could be cultivated in border areas of Panchagarh district, while in Thakurgaon district the tea could be cultivated on 25,000 acres. The Kazi and Kazi Tea Estate Co., Tetulia Tea Co. and some other tea planters started tea cultivation in 2000. In Thakurgaon district, the cultivation began in 2007. The cultivation in Lalmonirhat district, however, had already started.

Besides the establishment of big tea gardens, the small and marginal farmers of Panchagarh and Thakurgaon districts also started cultivation on a small scale. In Panchagarh district, many small farmers started cultivating tea a few years ago.

In Thakurgaon district, 33 small marginal farmers of Nitoldoba village started the cultivation on 40 acres.

One of the growers, Niren Chandra, said earlier he used to cultivate different crops, but couldn’t make much profit. “Now, I hope I will be able to make profits and expand the cultivation in future,” he added.

In the tea gardens of Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts, the planters have employed both male and female labourers at wages ranging from Tk 170 to Tk 200 a day. If the production increases further in the two districts, the growers hope they would be able to export tea after meeting the local demand.

 

Comments

Most Viewed
Digital Edition
Archive
SunMonTueWedThuFri Sat
010203
04050607080910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930

Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

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.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
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.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting