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Wednesday, 23 April 2008

The Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) has been executing a project to improve the socio-economic condition of people living in the vast of tract of Barind area, reports agency.

Official sources said the five-year “Barind Integrated Area Development Project (phase-3)” is being implemented in all the 25 upazilas under Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabganj districts that began in July 2007.

The Taka 214.28-crore project is designed to bring additional 45,000 hectares under controlled and appropriate irrigation management system through fresh installation of deep tube wells (DTWs) along with their proper utilization.
In addition to construction of electrical networks for the new DTWs, the project will ensure supplementary irrigation to another 60,000 hectares.

It will also create employment facility for the small and marginal farmers, day laborers and women of the project area.
Talking to BSS, superintending engineer of BMDA Khalequzzaman said that the Barind tract is the driest part of the country and characterized by high and wavy topographical features, low river network, high summer temperature and other unfavorable climatic condition for agriculture.

Terming the groundwater as the main source of irrigation, he said no crops would be produced without irrigation in the dried area.

Only in the Barind area, around 2.3 lakh hectares remain beyond irrigation facility and if the huge lands are brought under irrigation nearly 16 lakh metric tons of additional food grain would be produced, he added.

Besides, he said the project would work for construction of underground irrigation channel for resisting any wastage of water along with raising and planting of sapling of both forest and fruit tress and caring of those round the year.
On its successful implementation, Khalequzzaman said, the project would help increasing food production side by side creating self-employment opportunities and accelerating economic growth in the area.
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