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Monday, 11 February 2008

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After many years, farmers of the northern region are expecting an bumper production of wheat this time as the farmers cultivated the crop on more land current year than the previous seasons and the blooming plants are growing well everywhere due to favourable climatic conditions.

Farmers and officials concerned told the news agency that the fixed target might be achieved for the first time in recent years this season as the growers have cultivated the crop on more land than the fixed target in many of the northern districts.

The Department of Agriculture Extension had fixed a target of producing 4,69,220 tonnes of wheat from 2,22,962 hectares of land during the current Rabi season in the region. DAE sources said, a target of producing 2,33,600 tonnes wheat from 1,10,762 hectares was fixed in eight districts under Rangpur Agriculture Zone and 2,35,620 tonnes from 1,12,200 hectares in another eight districts under Rajshahi Agriculture Zone this time.

The sources said, the departments concerned, including the DAE, the Armed Forces, the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation and the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute, had taken special steps to make the programme a success.

The DAE fixed target for producing the wheat in the region could not be achieved during the last five consecutive seasons due to various reasons, including diversification of crop farming and less interest of farmers in farming the crop, the sources added.

During the last Rabi season, the DAE fixed the target for producing 4,91,507 tonnes of wheat from 2,84,108 hectares in the northern districts and the target was not achieved and the results were the same during the past several consecutive seasons.

Besides, the landless, small and marginal farmers have cultivated wheat in vast tract of the sandy char lands in the Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers basins this time that will add to the overall production of the crop. Deputy director of DAE, Rangpur Kamal Shariful Alam on Saturday told the news agency that the government has engaged its best efforts to popularise wheat farming throughout the country for achieving the fixed production target this year and onwards.

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