9.75 lakh tonnes wheat to be produced this season
RANGPUR, Nov 20 (BSS) – The government has fixed a target of producing 9.75 lakh tonnes wheat by bringing 3.75 lakh hectares land under its farming in the country during this Rabi season, official sources said.
Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Mamunur Rashid said adequate steps have been taken to make the wheat farming programme successful.
“The farmers have already started sowing wheat seeds at places where the farmers recently completed harvesting the short duration Aman paddies,” agri-scientist Dr MA Mazid said.
Dr Mazid, who is also Dinajpur Hub Manager of Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) told BSS today sowing wheat seeds will continue till the first week of December in the country.
Horticulture Specialist Khondker Md. Mesbahul Islam of the DAE said different departments and organisations are assisting to ensure smooth wheat farming by providing latest technologies, quality seeds and other facilities to the farmers.
Under the programme, 6,32,770 tonnes of wheat (64.90 percent of the fixed national target) will be produced by bringing 2,43,373 hectares land under its farming in all 16 districts in the northern region during this season.
“To achieve the target, quality wheat seeds, latest agri-technologies, fertilizers and other inputs are being provided to the farmers side by side conducting motivational activities,” DAE’s Additional Director Dr Kalidas Debnath said.
Of them, 3,09,369 tonnes of wheat including Satabdi, Bijoy, Gaurab, Sourab, Pradip, Monalisa, Kanchan, Akbar, Sufi and BARI Gom 25 and BARI Gom 26 varieties will be produced from 1,18,988 hectares in Rangpur Agriculture Zone (RAZ) this season.
Talking to BSS, Dr MA Mazid said over 15,000 farmers under Dinajpur Hub of CSISA are expected to adopt the Conservation Agriculture (CA)-based technologies at large-scale to increase wheat productions at reduced costs in the northern region.
The CSISA with GO-NGO collaboration has been disseminating these CA technologies among farmers including using Power Tiller Operated Seeder and Power Tiller Operated Bed Planters with the help of Two-Wheel Tractors, he said.
“These CA-based technologies are being disseminated with assistances of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CSISA and USAID,” he added.
“We are expanding farming of the stem rust disease resistant BARI Gom 26 (Uganda 99) variety wheat by providing its 18 tonnes seeds among 15,000 farmers in seven northern districts this season after huge success last season, Dr Mazid said.