Rangpur region will produce 63,661 tons of wheat | Dhaka Tribune

2021-11-24 04:15:13 By : Ms. Emma Wong

As Oman's rice harvesting progresses further, the wheat planting process will gain momentum

The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has set a goal of producing 63,661 tons of wheat on 18,800 hectares of land in all five districts of the Rangpur agricultural district during this rabbi season.

DAE officials stated that local farmers produced 66,283 tons of wheat on 21,160 hectares of land, while the last Rabi season produced a fixed yield target of 69,630 tons from 19,550 hectares of land.

Agriculturist Md Tauhidul Iqbal, another director of DAE in Rangpur district, said: “Farmers have already started preparing their fields to plant wheat seeds after harvesting Aman rice.”

In order to make the wheat planting plan a success, the government distributes wheat seeds, diammonium phosphate and potash fertilizer to smallholders and marginal farmers through DAE as special agricultural incentives.

"Starting next month, as the rice harvesting in Oman further progresses in the region, the process of planting wheat seeds will gain momentum," he said.

DAE, Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) and other agricultural-related organizations have taken sufficient measures to make this season's intensive wheat planting plan a success.

“The authorities have taken measures to ensure that farmers are supplied with high-quality wheat seeds, the latest technology, fertilizers and other inputs to promote the cultivation of cereal crops,” added Iqbal, an agriculturist.

Farmers mostly use Conservation Agriculture (CA)-based techniques to grow high-yield wheat varieties such as Bijoy, Pradip, Sotabdi, BARI Gom25, BARI Gom26, BARI Gom27, BARI Gom28 and BARI Gom29 to increase yields.

Talking to BSS, Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment), Mamunur Rashid, Bangladeshi agriculturist at RDRS, said that farmers mostly use the latest technology provided by the government in recent years to grow wheat.

When using a planter to sow wheat, the use of CA-based strip farming and bed sowing methods greatly increases wheat yield. Compared with the full tillage method, it reduces the need for irrigation, thereby greatly saving labor costs.

Earlier, wheat production was affected by the high temperature, from flowering to maturity, as well as the harvest of late-maturing Aman rice varieties and seed sowing after using low-quality local seeds.

"However, in recent years, after harvesting short-term Omani rice, farmers are using the lowest-cost CA-based technology to sow high-quality, disease-resistant and stress-resistant wheat seed varieties in time to obtain excellent yields," Rashid added . 

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