Farmers of the Barind tract are more confident in wheat farming on more new lands Dhaka Tribune

This year the crop has been cultivated on 95,182 hectares of land in the region, say Department of Agriculture sources

Farmers and field level agricultural extension and research officials are now very much hopeful about the upcoming wheat yield in the Barind tract. 

According to regional Department of Agriculture sources, the crop has been cultivated on 95,182 hectares of land this year in the region. 

If the weather conditions remain favourable till the harvest, the farmers will achieve a bumper production this year as well, agriculture office sources said.

Many farmers have switched to wheat and lentils this year and, hoping to have an optimal output,  they brought more land under cultivation than the target fixed by the Department of Agriculture Extension, local sources said.

Farmers of the Barind area were found to have more confidence in wheat farming on more new land, due to the water-stress condition, as wheat is a less-water consuming plant, said Umme Salma, additional deputy director of Rajshahi district Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).

They have cultivated different varieties of wheat including Sonali, Bijoy, Pradip, Saurav, and Gourab. Among them, Pradip and Bijoy varieties were cultivated on more land.

While talking to Dhaka Tribune, the farmers and agriculturists said that the prevailing suitable climatic condition has made them inspired and hopeful about the upcoming wheat harvesting. Everywhere in the wheat-growing areas, the farmers can now be seen busy in nursing and caring for the farming fields.

Anwar Hossain, a farmer of Durgapur upazila, said he is very much optimistic about the upcoming wheat yield. He said the present weather coupled with the topographic condition is supportive for the cash crop.

Taking advantage of the natural privileges, the farmers brought more land under cultivation of the cereal crop as well as a staple food. 

Moinul  Haque, another farmer of Charghat  upazila, is now happy after witnessing the wheat-growing field. He added that timely sowing of seeds, accompanied by the cold spell, has had a positive impact on attaining a bumper production of the cash crop.

Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA), the ever-largest irrigation providing state-run organization in the country’s northwest region, has adopted all-out measures to make the wheat farming a total success, said its Monitoring Officer Ashraful Islam. 

Arun Chandar Roy, director of DAE in Mahadevpur upazila of Naogaon, said the grassroots farmers are being given ideas and modern knowledge to get good yield through the best management of fertilizer and pesticides.

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