Conservation agriculture increases productions: Experts
RANGPUR, Oct 18 (BSS) – Agriculture experts at a meeting with the local farmers today said adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) technologies increases productions and reduce cost amid impacts of climate change.
They were addressing a views sharing meeting at Baliadangi Upazila of Thakurgaon organised by Dhontola Farmers’ Federation at its office premises on dissemination of CA technologies with its President Shishil Chandra in the chair.
Dinajpur Hub of CSISA with the assistances of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) assisted in arranging the meeting attended by a large number of local farmers and their leaders.
Dinajpur Hub Manager of Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) Dr MA Mazid narrated the CA technology dissemination activities being conducted in seven northwestern districts and the successes archived so far.
Cropping System Agronomist of CSISA Dr Siddikur Rahman, its Specialist Agriculture Engineer Latiful Bari, Specialist Extension Agronomist Anarul Haque, Technical Officer of CIMMYT Rezaul Haque and CSISA Intern Miss Dil Afroz Tithi were present.
The experts narrated the delivered CA technologies including innovative crop rotation in which crops are planted in minimum, no-till or reduced tillage with some crop residue retention on soil surfaces to reduce unproductive losses of water.
They discussed short duration paddy farming, cropping patterns like rice-wheat-mugbean/jute, rice- potato- relay/maize, rice- vegetables-wheat and rice- sugarcane with intercrops like garlic, onion/vegetables etc.
Local service providers Moazzem Hossain and Master Rabindra Chandra Singh narrated benefits of CA technologies including water saving, intercropping, better nutrient, fertilizer and pesticide managements, drought escaping, cost- saving, etc.
Dr Mazid said adoption of CA technologies increases yields at reduced cost, facilitates crop intensification, quality seed production and preservation, quality planting machine prototypes, availability of spares, inputs and remunerative markets of the produce.
He stressed on providing more training to the farmers on pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer managements, proper usage of the machinery for quicker delivery of the CA technologies involving all GO-NGO partners and private service providers.
He expressed satisfaction on dissemination of CA technologies in Baliadangi upazila so far and plan for bringing over 500 farmers under BARI Gom 26 (UG 99 resistance) cultivation programme there in the upcoming winter.
The farmers informed the meeting that they are harvesting their BRRI dhan 33 and BINA dhan 7 variety short duration paddies and getting excellent yields now using CA technologies to increase productions and ensure food security.
Dr Mazid said the CA technologies have been making crop farming more profitable side by side improving soil health, environment and ecology under the adverse impact of climate change in the region.