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Saturday, 12 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

Agriculturists on Thursday urged the government to expand the application area of deep placement urea technology to ensure efficient use of and lower the expenditure on urea fertiliser.

Most of the farmers, unaware about the method and benefits of applying 'guti' (granular) urea, wrongly spread urea into water, allowing most of its nitrogen content to be wasted in the air, the experts said at the workshop on 'media campaign on guti urea.'

International Centre for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development organised the workshop at the Department of Agriculture Extension.

Agriculture adviser CS Karim, agriculture secretary M Abdul Aziz, IFDC resident representative Ishrat Jahan and USAID mission director Denise Rollins also spoke at the workshop chaired by DAE director general Mohammad Shamsul Alam.

The agriculturists pointed out that the insertion of large urea briquettes into the root of paddy after transplantation would lead to significant cut in nitrogen loss and increase the yields by 20-25 per cent. Nearly 40 per cent less urea would be used in this method, they said.

The gap between supply and demand of urea has been widening and the country will have to import urea at much higher price in the near future and see a wider fiscal deficit by selling it at subsidised rate to farmers, they cautioned.

The government at present spends Tk 4,000 crore annually to procure fertiliser.

Our Moulvibazar correspondent reports, experimental use of urea super granules, locally known as 'guti urea,' on aman paddy has inspired the farmers to use the new technique of urea fertiliser application in the district.

Abdul Aziz, a farmer of Churaun village of Kagabola union under sadar upazila who used USG on experimental basis in his aman field this year, said the BR-41 variety of aman paddy on one bigha of land required only 12 kg of guti urea, against the usual requirement of about 24 kg of urea.

Besides, he harvested 560 kg of paddy this year, up from 320 kg he got last year from the same land.

Fakrul Islam of the same union got 500 kg of aman paddy from his one bigha of land this year after using the USG fertiliser on experimental basis. He got an output of 320 kg in the previous year.

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