BMDA taken massive plan to cultivate Boro paddy in N’district
GAIBANDHA, Feb 15 (BSS)- Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) has taken up a massive plan to cultivate Boro paddy in five northern districts during this season through providing irrigation facilities to the farmers at low cost.
Office sources said a total of 26,200 hectares of land of Rangpur, Nilphamari, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha districts under Rangpur Circle of BMDA would be brought under this cultivation this year with the production target of 1,31,000 metric tones of paddy through providing irrigation facilities from 1040 electricity run deep tube wells installed its command areas.
Of the total, some 7,425 hectares of land would be cultivated by operating 297 submersible deep tube wells in Rangpur district, 3,925 hectares by 157 deep tube wells in Nilphamari, 6,250 hectares by 250 deep tube wells in Kurigram district, 3,275 hectares by 143 deep tube wells in Lalmonirhat and 5,025 hectares by 193 deep tube wells in Gaibandha district, sources said.
The farmers of the districts are now so much busy to lift the seedlings from the seed beds and transplant those in the prepared land following the suggestions of the field level agri officials to achieve the target fixed by the BMDA.
Over 80 percent of cultivation has already been completed and the rest will be finished within very short time, said M. Habibur Rahman Khan, executive engineer of the authority.
In the command areas, UPVC pipes were also installed under the ground to supply water from all the deep tube wells to Boro land to check about 40 percent water misuse and wastage and to save 17 percent arable land used for drain construction, he also said.
Talking to BSS superintending engineer and project director of BMDA M. Monwar Hossain said the farmers are to pay Tk 1500-2000 directly or individually on an average per bigha of land when they purchase irrigation water from the local providers who operate their power or diesel run shallow machines.
On the contrary, the farmers of BMDA command areas are to pay only Tk 500-600 against per bigha to the authority on irrigation charge coupon system to get irrigation water for the same one bigha of land from the BMDA operated deep tube wells, he also said.
To make the Boro cultivation programme undertaken by BMDA a grand success, the government has also ensured the supply of electricity, fertilizers, seeds, insecticides and other agri inputs to the growers at fair prices, Executive Engineer of BMDA, Gaibandha M Noor Islam said.