Low-cost irrigation boon for Ashuganj Boro farmers

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Low-cost irrigation boon for Ashuganj Boro farmers
Our Correspondent

BRAHMANBARIA, Apr 30: Ashuganj-Palash Agro Irrigation Project (APIP) under Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) has been successfully providing a low-cost irrigation to 18623 hectares of Boro fields in Ashuganj and Palash region during this Boro season, officials said.

Farmers are expecting that they are going to get a bumper Boro production during this season in the region if the prevailing climate continues.

Most of the farmers have to depend on power driven pumps for irrigation in this region.

The APIP, Brahmanbaria, has taken a scheme to bring 18623 hectares of land against the production target of 96250 metric tonnes under Boro cultivation in 37 Unions of seven Upazilas under the project area through its irrigation facilities, project director Mohammad Hanif told the FE.

In the project area, farmers are using the irrigation machines like power pumps, shallow and low-lift pumps to irrigate their land.

The region wise break-up of cultivation target is as follows: Ashuganj region 12146 hectares and Palash region 16000 hectares. Farmers cultivated the paddy of hybrid, ufsi and local varieties.

The farmers are now getting BADC supplied irrigated waters at Tk 400 and 200 per acre for water through gravity flow and double lifting system respectively. It is very low in cost for irrigation. The private irrigation providers have been realising charges as per their wills between Tk 3000 and Tk 4000, local farmers said. The project realised Tk 0.19 million as irrigation cost against the outstanding target of Tk 19.33 million among farmers from the project area.

The project implemented a total of four phase activities through its small irrigation wing with an expenditure of Tk 24.53 billion through GOB and its own finance.

Project area is twenty-two unions of Brahmanbaria Sadar, Ashuganj, Sarail and Nabinagar Upazila and Fifteen unions of Narsingdi Sadar, Palash and Shibpur Upazila.

The Project is divided in two areas; one area is at Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria and another at Palsh in Narsingdi.

At present, Main activities of the project are the construction of 3.50 km long RCC base and 1 km long secondary RCC base irrigation drain, 8 km long brick tertiary irrigation drain, 3 siphons, 15 equalisers, 9 sluice gates, 7 regulators, 1 km long retaining and two walls, 20 foot bridges, culvert, cattle crossing and 80 km long canal dredging and construction of the embankment.

Habiganj

A Habiganj correspondent adds: A bumper production of Boro is likely in Habiganj district for adequate supply of fertiliser, electricity, irrigation facilities and timely rainfall.

According to the Habiganj District Office of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) an extensive Boro cultivation target was taken up on 1,06,165 hectares of land this year in the district. It has exceeded to about 1,12,730 hectares of lands.

This year production target of the district is 0.5 million metric tonnes of paddy.

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