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Bumper production of aromatic rice achieved in RAZ

Bumper production of aromatic rice achieved in RAZ

RANGPUR, Jan 1 (BSS) – The farmers have achieved bumper production of aromatic rice in all eight districts under Rangpur Agriculture Zone (RAZ) during the just ended T-Aman season.

Officials in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said cultivation of aromatic rice has been increasing in recent years because of huge demand and higher market prices.

Horticulture Specialist Khondker Md Mesbahul Islam of the DAE told BSS today that farmers had cultivated aromatic rice on 21,871 hectares of land and produced 45,929 tonnes rice with an average yield rate of 2.1 tonnes per hectare in terms of clean rice in the zone.

The farmers mostly cultivated Kalijira, Kataribhog, Rasulbhog, Badshabhog, Chinigura, Nonia, Uknimadhu, Birsha Bhog, Basmati, Dulabhog and Begunbichi and other varieties of aromatic rice in RAZ.

Renowned rice scientist and Dinajpur Hub Manager of Cereal System Initiatives for South Asia Dr MA Mazid said prospects of expanded aromatic rice farming are brighter in the region.

He put importance on improving the crushing and processing systems for aromatic rice and said the Basmati, Chinigura, Kalijira, BR-5 and BRRI dhan 34 and other varieties being produced in the region, are attracting buyers in the international markets.

“Medium low- land is suitable for farming all varieties of aromatic rice and its production can be increased by and large through making necessary seeds easily available and ensuring an additional supplementary irrigation while farming,” he said.

Advisor of RDRS Bangladesh and agri-scientist Dr Syed Samsuzzaman urged for increasing exports by boosting aromatic rice production and put importance on introduction of integrated pest managements and maximum use of composts.

According to the experts, aromatic rice including Basmati, Chinigura, Kalijira and BRRI dhan 34 being produced in the region are of international standard and already attracting the buyers in the global markets.


More mechanization needed to boost crop production: experts

More mechanization needed to boost crop production: experts
Author / Source : BSS

DHAKA, Dec 31:  Agriculture experts at a programme on Saturday  said mechanization in the agriculture sector should be increased to boost yielding of crop and reduce production cost for facing future challenges in the sector. Mechanization is helping increase cropping intensity and thus significantly contributing in increase of land and labour productivity, they added.

Mechanization is gradually progressing in Bangladesh as the farmers are finding benefits in using various machines available for farming operations, the experts said adding cost of tilling land with power tillers is found to be economically advantageous due to higher cost of using animal power.

The ‘paper meet programme’ was held at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) with chairman of Agriculture Engineering Division, IEB engr Md Abul Quasem Miah in the chair.

RAJUK chairman engr Md Nurul Huda, executive chairman of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) Dr engr Wais Kabir and Prof Dr Md Monjurul Alam of Bangladesh Agriculture University, Mymensingh, among others, addressed the meeting.

Prof Dr ATM Ziauddin of Bangladesh Agriculture University, Mymensingh presented the keynote paper.

Dr Kabir said in recent years, agricultural mechanization has been increased significantly and the increased trend will continue.

Water table is falling sharply in the Barind region of the country, he said adding, “We should invent new machine with latest technology for different environmentally vulnerable areas of the country to face future challenges in the agriculture sector.”

In his keynote, Prof Ziauddin said irrigation is now practically fully mechanized as more than one and a half million diesel and electric driven pumps lift ground and surface water.
Referring to recent survey reports, he said by 2010 about 80 percent of the land was tilled by power tillers and tractors while marginal farmers have equal access to these machines through private contractors services.

A good progress of mechanization has also been made in weeding, fertilizering, spraying, harvesting, threshing, drying and transporting activities, he added.

Future agriculture need is to increase the productivity and profitability of production and post-production agriculture, Prof Ziauddin said stressing diversification of agriculture need for introduction of new machines.

During the sixties to seventies, engr Quasem said mechanized equipment including shallow and deep tube-well was used for irrigation in some areas for where surface water was not available. After then, irrigation in the agriculture sector has been expanded sharply, which helped the country to boost crop production.

According to a minor irrigation survey report, the nearly 52.18 lakh hectares of land were brought under irrigation by using a total of 16,08,661 mechanized and non-mechanized equipment during the Rabi season last year.

A total of 51.27 lakh hectares were brought under irrigation during the Rabi season in 2008-09 of which 40,50,706 hectares were irrigated by groundwater and 10,76,145 hectares through surface water.

Bumper orange production likely in two North Bengal districts

Bumper orange production likely in two North Bengal districts

RANGPUR, Dec 31 (BSS) – Bumper orange production is likely in Panchagarh and Thakurgaon districts this season, experts and Growers said.

The farmers started growing orange in the orchards and homesteads since 2006 when the government launched a five-year Orange Development Project (ODP) which successfully ended in last June.

Horticulture Specialist Khondker Md. Mesbahul Islam of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) said orange farming has three segments; nurturing of the old fruit-giving plants, farming in the homesteads and orchards and on exhibition plots.

Currently, there are some three lakh orange trees including tender and fruit giving ones on over 450 small, medium and large- scale orchards and many homesteads covering nearly 200 hectares in the two districts.

The farmers are expecting a production of about 100 tonnes quality orange this season as number of the fruit-giving trees.

During the project period, the DAE provided training on orange cultivation to 15,000 farmers, 400 sub-assistant agriculture officers, set up 368 bloc exhibitions, 8,280 homestead gardens and arranged 500 farmers’ field days, Mezbahul said.

According to DAE expert Mamunur Rashid, the soil, topography, annual rainfall, soil Ph condition in these two districts are highly favourable for commercial cultivation of orange.

Agri-scientist Dr MA Mazid told BSS prospect of commercial orange farming in these districts is very bright and orange farming has been expanding fast.

While narrating their success, farmers Asir Uddin Ahammed, Achinta Kumar Karkun, Abdul Gaffar, Jitendra Nath, Kakka Pradhan and Abdul Jalil of Panchagarh district said they are getting bumper production of orange and good price for their produce.

Bangladesh, Jordan sign MoU on agri cooperation

Bangladesh, Jordan sign MoU on agri cooperation
United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka

Bangladesh and Jordan Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding on ‘cooperation in the field of agriculture’ in Amman.

CQK Mustaq Ahmed, secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Radi Al-Tarawneh, secretary-general of Ministry of Agriculture, signed the MoU on behalf of their respective governments, a release of the foreign ministry said.

Under the MoU, Bangladesh and Jordan will exchange scientific materials and information and exchange visits of scientists and engineers in the areas of agricultural science and technology, field level extension, agricultural production and agro-processing.

The MoU emphasises, among others, on human resource development, exchange of germplasm of crops and related technologies, training of agricultural experts and farm mechanisation.

It would also promote cooperation between public and private sectors of both the countries in the field of business and trade of agricultural products and fertiliser through joint ventures.

A joint working group, comprising experts from both sides, would be established for formulating, implementing and monitoring cooperative projects and also to prepare annual work plan.

The joint working group will meet annually, alternately in Dhaka and in Amman. Besides, regular visits of delegation for specific sub-sectors of cooperation are also envisaged in the MoU.

Bangladesh’s ambassador to Jordan M Fazlul Karim and officials of the Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture were present at the signing ceremony.

On Tuesday the agriculture secretary had separate meetings with Jordanian Minister for Agriculture Ahmad Khattab and Jordanian secretary-general for Agriculture Radi Al-Tarawneh.

Potato farming in Rangpur multiplies

Potato farming in Rangpur multiplies
Business Report

Potato farming is assuming a greater dimension, however bringing pressure on the government to expand its use as alternative food in the domestic sector while looking for greater export markets in overseas trade.

Potato is a staple food to many countries, especially in Europe and the quality of potato grown in Bangladesh is quite high to match the global demand on this count, official sources said adding Bangladesh is already exporting potato to several destinations. ‘We have to expedite the search for market,’ said an official.

Farmers are expecting to achieve potato cultivation target this season despite the huge losses they suffered with record quantity of unsold potato during last season in the Rangpur Agriculture Zone (RAZ).

Officials in the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in the capital said farmers have already brought 1,25,458 hectares of land under potato cultivation against a target of 1,70,409 hectares for producing 30,84,403 tonnes of output.

Sowing of late variety potato seeds still continues and it will end by this month-end. It happens at a time when the newly harvested potatoes have already hit the sales window in the markets.

Horticulture specialist Khondker Md. Mesbahul Islam said the RAZ will produce 83.26 lakh tonnes of potato from 4.60 lakh hectares of land during this season. Another expert said potato farming could become more profitable if adequate low cost preservation facilities were ensured and more potato-based food processing industries set up.

This year farmers will grow potato on 53,088 hectares land in Rangpur, 10,284 hectares in Gaibandha, 6,605 hectares in Kurigram, 6,246 hectares in Lalmonirhat, 20,418 hectares in Nilphamari and 37,525 hectares in Dinajpur.

Besides, they will cultivate potato on 10,343 hectares land in Panchagarh and 25,900 hectares in Thakurgaon during this Rabi season, DAE officials said.

This is addition to huge production targets at Munshigonj district where high quality potato grows in favourable soil and moisture condition and it has a good global export market, the sources said.

Farming subsidy for 10 districts

Farming subsidy for 10 districts
Author / Source : UNB

Dhaka, Dec 25: Some 30,000 farmers of 10 more districts willget 25 percent subsidy in purchasing farm machinery this year.

Official sources said the subsidy will be provided among farmers inthe 10 districts, including Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Barisal, Magura and Bandarban for buying 2,400 power tillers, 200 tractors and 256 power threshers. The government introduced the subsidy in January 2010 in 15 districts. It has already decided to provide it in 10 more districts this year.

Sheikh Md Nazim Uddin, project director of Enhancement of Crop Production through Farm Mechanisation at DAE, said the government hasalready subsidised the purchase of 19,800 power tillers, 8 combined harvesters, 860 tractors, 200 sprayers and 1088 power threshers worth Tk 680 million in 15 since January 2010.

Vegetable farming changes rural economy

Vegetable farming changes rural economy
Green revolution brought in 20 villages in Jajira upazila under Shariatpur
Author / Source : BSS

SHARIATPUR, Dec 25:  Farmers in 20 villages in Jajira upazila under Shariatpur district have brought enormous changes to their socioeconomic status through vegetable farming in the current Robi season. They achieved economic self-reliance by cultivating different kinds of winter vegetables like brinjal, tomato, bean, spinach, red leafy, bitter gourd, bottle gourd and pumpkin in their villages that brought revolution to rural economy. Economic success by cultivating these types of vegetables has brought smile on the faces of the people who earlier used to maintain their life in severe economic hardship.

According to district agriculture department, farmers have cultivated vegetables on 2500 hectares of land in the 20 villages in the upazila this year in which employment opportunities have been created of over 7,000 framers.

The farmers expected that they would earn over Taka 2 crore this season as bumper production of these vegetables has been witnessed in the villages due to availability of fertilizer, high-yielding variety of seeds and irrigation.

“We have achieved bumper production of vegetables this year as a result of smooth supply of fertilizer and water as well,” said farmer Joynal Haque Molla of Laukhola village recently.

Talking to BSS, agriculture officer of Jajira Upazila Dr Delwar Hossain Majumder said the vegetable cultivation in the villages has opened up a new horizon in the history of the country’s vegetable farming as soil of this district is very fertile for cultivate such crops.

The farmers have brought a revolution in vegetable farming in the district which may be an example for the people of other areas, he added.

The villages where vegetable cultivation brought socioeconomic development of the farmers are Gajnipur, Joysagar, Kawadi, Laukhola, Royerkandi, Mulna, Dhonboalia, Nagarboyalia, Chhabispara, Taltala, Joynagar, Gangaprasad, Luxmikantapur, Charshimulia, Khoratala, Cablenagar, Chardupuria, Dubuldia, Dubisaybor, Mirasar and Gopalpur.