Barind Tract Boro farming command areas achieved

Barind Tract Boro farming command areas achieved

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Boro paddy farming in the project command areas of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) in the district has been achieved during the current season.Official sources said the BMDA set a target to bring a total of 8,500 hectares of land under Boro cultivation this year with the production target of 51,000 tonnes of paddy by providing irrigation facilities to the farmers at low cost. Later, the fixed target has been achieved due to favorable climatic condition and providing need base facilities including irrigation, fertilizers and pesticides to the farmers.The farmers of the district are now busy to nurture the crop fields following the suggestions of the field level DAE officials to get desired production against the high value crop.To ensure the supply of irrigation water to the paddy fields smoothly, a total of 361 electricity run deep tube wells have been operating in the project command areas of the district, the sources said.To check about 40 percent water wastage in the faulty earth drains,use the lifted water properly and save 17 percent arable land for drain construction, UPVC pipes were also installed under the ground to supply water from most of the deep tube wells to Boro field, said M. Qudrat-e-Elahi, executive engineer of BMDA. Abdul Hai, a Boro paddy grower of Barobaldia village under Sadar upazila said, “Generally, the farmers are to pay TK 1500-2000 against a bigha of land to purchase irrigation water from the local providers who operate their power or diesel run shallow machines”. On the contrary, the farmers of BMDA command areas are to pay only TK 700-800 to the authority on irrigation charge coupon system to get irrigation water for the same one bigha of land from the BMDA operated deep tube wells, he also said. All the farmers of BMDA command areas of seven upazilas in the district expressed their deep satisfaction over the irrigation activities being implemented by the authority since 2005 here. Talking to the BSS acting superintending engineer of Rangpur circle M. Habibur Rahman Khan said like Gaibandha district the Boro farming have also been achieved in Rangpur, Nilphamari, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts under the Rangpur Circle during the current season.BSS, Gaibandha

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