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POST TIME: 17 March, 2019 08:54:38 PM
Stress on proper use of technology to boost crop production in Barind
There are enormous scopes of increasing production of low-water consuming crops like wheat, lentils, maize, etc in Barind tract
BSS, Rajshahi

Stress on proper use of technology to boost crop production in Barind

Scientists and researchers stressed proper uses of modern technology to boost crop production, urging farmers to cultivate less-water consuming crops for mitigating pressure on ground water in Barind area, taking its existing drought situation into consideration.

They came up with the stress at a daylong farmers training workshop titled “Technology Validation for Drought Management to Sustainable Crop Production in Drought-prone Barind area” here yesterday.

Regional Wheat Research Station (RWRS) organized the training in association with Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) and Upazila office of Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) at Shapahar Upazila Farmers Training Center.

BMDA Chairman Dr Akram Hossain Chowdhury and DAE Deputy Director Masudur Rahman addressed the workshop as chief and special guests respectively with RWRS Principal Scientific Officer Dr Ilias Hossain in the chair.

BMDA Executive Engineer Abdul Maleque Chowdhury, Upazila Agriculture Officer Md Muniruzzaman and BMDA Assistant Engineer Rejaul Karim also spoke.

Dr Chowdhury said emphasis should be given to promote the less-irrigation consuming cereal crops instead of depending on only Irri-Boro farming in Barind area to lessen the gradually mounting pressure on underground water.

He referred to various research findings and said that there are enormous scopes of increasing the production of various low-water consuming crops like wheat, lentil, maize and mugdal in the high Barind tract.

Farmers in the Barind region comprising Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainwabganj districts should be imparted time-fitting training so that they can cultivate more less-irrigated crops, he added.