Tk 500cr project for boosting farm output
Author / Source : BSS
DHAKA, Oct 10: The government has taken up Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project (IAPP) for ensuring food security by boosting agricultural production through proper management.
The project would be implemented in 54 upazilas in eight districts at a cost of Tk 500 crore. The principal objective of the project is to increase overall agricultural productivity (crops, fisheries and livestock) in the economically undeveloped and environmentally vulnerable regions, said a Planning Ministry official. Several departments of agriculture, fisheries and livestock ministries will be entrusted with the responsibly of implementing the project by 2016 after final approval from a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) to be held Tuesday, he added. Sources said the project designed with five components in different levels to achieve the goal. Under the component-I, paddy, wheat, maize and pulse and oil seeds will be developed along with new varieties.
Besides, fish species (Tilapia and Koi) will also be developed to cultivate in ponds.
The component-II aims to expand new varieties and technologies at field level. It is comprised of community-based productivity, expansion of existing and potential technology, and extension of farmer group to provide them advices for production. On the other hand, water management is included under the component-III. It will mainly focus on distribution of water, irrigation cost and reduction of electricity use.