POST TIME: 20 November, 2019 12:00:04 AM
Farmers get Tk 17 crore agri-inputs free of cost
BSS, Rajshahi

Farmers get Tk 17 crore agri-inputs free of cost

More than 1.5 lakh marginal and small farmers are getting fertilisers and seeds amounting at about Taka 17.06 crore free of cost during the current Rabi season under government agriculture incentive programme in Rajshahi division, an official said.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE)’s additional director Deb Dulal Dhali here told BSS that incentives are being given to the farmers in all upazilas of eight districts in the division. “We are very much hopeful about completing distribution of the Rabi crop seed within this month,” he said, adding that the incentives will help the farmers grow the seasonal crops successfully. Agriculturist Dhali said each of the beneficiary farmers are getting agro inputs for cultivating crops like wheat, maize, mustard seed, onions and winter mug-bean on one bigha of land. In the division, a total of 17,000 farmers will get incentives for wheat farming, 42,500 for maize, 65,500 for mustard, 2,500 for onion, 8,800 for winter mug-bean, 6,000 for summer mug-bean, 7,200 summer sesame and 1,400 for groundnut.

To mitigate pressure on water, the marginal farmers are being given seeds of various less-water consuming crops like wheat, maize and mustard seed, Dhali said.

Prof Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan of Department of Geology and Mining in Rajshahi University said the incentive programme will contribute a lot to promoting the water-saving crops in the drought-prone Barind area.

More than 1,000 volunteers are motivating farmers to cultivate less water consuming crops through water resource management on behalf of the ‘Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)’ Project. DASCOH Foundation has been implementing the IWRM project in 1,280 drought-hit villages of 39 Union Parishad and three municipalities in eight upazilas of Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts with financial support of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation since 2015.